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A 26-year-old male asked:

I hurt my hand and cannot get it looked at until tomorrow. swollen, bruise on palm. no pain stationary, pain when in use, can make fist with pain, can touch thumb to fingers with pain, can't lift things without pain. what can i do in meantime?

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Dr. Dora Chizea
Anti-Aging Medicine 49 years experience
Gentle Ice Compress for 5 to 10 minutes at a time, OTC pain medication of choice - Tylenol, Aleve, Ibuprofen... Rest and avoid using it until seen tomorrow for appropriate medical management
Dr. Thomas Steele
Psychiatry 60 years experience
In the meantime, prior to seeing physician and perhaps getting X-ray: elevation, intermittent ice (ice pack or styrofoam ice cup) perhaps 6-8 minutes every hour, plus OTC pain relievers if no medical contraindication. Disclaimer: I am a psychiatrist; the filter that's supposed to limit questions to my specialty obviously isn't working.

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