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how to treat a swollen thumb

A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: It depends on what the cause of the swelling is. Pay a visit to your doctor.

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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience Infectious Disease
Puncture wounds from: Fish spines in fins or gills can be really serious. A variety of marine bacteria can be at work including streptococcus iniae and aeromonas and no ch ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Tuckman
22 years experience Hand Surgery
R.I.C.E.: The best way to treat any swelling is rest, ice, compression and elevation. If the swelling is from an injury i would recommend and xray to make sure ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Get it evaluated: Several arthritic causes are possible although osteoarthritis is statistically most likely. Have the thumb evaluated and an x ray done.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stevan Cordas
56 years experience Internal Medicine
Purple: Make sure you didn't bang it or otherwise injure it. If not go to doc to check coagulopathy.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
Many causes. : There are many potential causes and a good history and exam will helps to determine the answer. For example is this a tumor? Is it lymphatic or vascul ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
Find cause then rx: I would first identify the cause prior to blindly treati g withou knowing more. For example is this a tumor? Is it lymphatic or vascular congestion? P ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Einbecker
35 years experience Hand Surgery
Get a diagnoses: Swelling is a way the body tells us something is wrong. Figure out what is going on then you can treat it.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
38 years experience Hand Surgery
Conservative RX: Primary initial care would be icing, elevation, anti-inflamatories and range of motion exercises. If no response than seek care as there is potential ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
18 years experience Plastic Surgery
Rest: Often times injuries such as isolated swelling of a digit due to a repetitive motion is an overuse injury requiring rest. Ibuprofen may help reduce pa ... Read More
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