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A 25-year-old female asked:

Woke up with a painful n swollen index finger knuckle(where it attaches to the hand) no idea what i did to injure it. what can i do at home 2 help it?

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Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Cold pack: If no idea how/why suddenly swollen, then might be infection, or gout (but odd for your age to be there). Can keep eye on it & cool compresses to see if swelling goes down. If does not, or if increases, should see dr / urgent care for examination to see what is going on.
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