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Chronic Swollen Finger Joint Treatment
It depends: First, your doctor needs to diagnose what is causing the swelling. There can be many causes and each one requires a different treatment. If it is caused by arthritis, anti-inflammants may be prescribed. If it is an infection, antibiotics. If it is from trauma; rest. You get the picture. Get a diagnosis first and then the treatment is prescribed. ...Read more
Teen with finger/finger joint swelling but no trauma happened. What could it be, and what treatment?
It depends.: There many different causes of atraumatic finger swelling. The amount of swelling and duration would help narrow the possibilities. If swelling is significant and doesn't resolve in a reasonable period of time then it becomes very important to seek further medical evaluation. An examination followed by appropriate diagnostic studies (xray, mri, blood work) would be important. ...Read more
Get evaluated: You should see your doctor to get evaluated for a correct diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read more
Many things: Painful and swollen finger joints can be caused by various inflammatory and non inflammatory conditions. Sometimes the cause is unknown. Swelling in the hand and wrist can also result in pins and needles due to increases pressure in the carpal tunnel. See a hand specialist for a complete evaluation. ...Read more
I have a swollen little finger joint (the top one). There is no pain but there is a little pain on tapping it. I had no injuries there.
Arthritis: (osteo) typically occurs in this joint and it doesn't have to hurt. I wouldn't take or do anything about it, but don't aggravate it by tapping. ...Read more
See your doctor: You should see your doctor to examine your hands. You might need some other tests to determine the most likely cause of the swelling and the best treatment. ...Read more
My middle finger joint started hurting 3 weeks ago and it is swollen and what ever I do it really hurts. Could I have broken it & not known?
Index finger: You have dislocated the finger or broken it. An xray is a great start. Till then buddy tape the finger ...Read more
Palm Lumps may: Be dupuytren's disease. A common genetic disorder that can present in a variety of ways. Swollen finger knucles can be a part of this known as garrod's knuckles. Other cause of swollen painful knuckles and fingers are gouty arthritis, inflamm arthritides, psoriatic arthritis and lyme first line treatment for swelling is rest ice and otc meds but if getting worse fast get to a doc to r/o infection. ...Read more
Swollen finger joints. No pain. Can cracking my knuckles be the reason? If not then what? Thanks in advance.
Multiple causes: Cracking your knuckles usually does not cause any swelling. Swelling can be from fluid retention from certain diets and medications. Swelling in for your joints could also represent inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or another inflammatory arthritic condition. Please see your physician for a thorough examination. ...Read more
For the last few mornings I've been waking up with a swollen finger or two. In the knuckle joint. By early afternoon the swelling has receded.?
Associated w/ trauma: Is this associated with trauma or spontaneous. ...Read more
Woke up on 2-14-15 with a swollen finger right hand pinkie painful at the upper joint what's going on?
Some thoughts: Paronychia- or an infected cuticle is most likely- without seeing you or taking a history. Try warm soaks, and see your doctor. They can be extremely painful and sometime warrant antibiotics if that is what you have. ...Read more
Woke with swollen finger, pain in joint. Symptom has been present for slmost 2 weeks. Swelling has gone down mostly but still persists.
Joint swelling: Need to be evaluated with a good clinical exam and appropriate investigations. I presume there was no injury as none is mentioned. ...Read more
Hi I had a thick splinter from wood door on my finger joint about a inch long I pulled it out now my finger is swollen Do I need to see a doctor or wi?
A sliver goes in -: -smoothly, but has rough edges, & when pulled out, there can B a wood fragment left behind. Even if not, U probably have an infection from the contaminated wood. Best 2 C a fellowship trained hand surgeon. A small residual fragment is hare 2 C on imaging. Many times it just has 2B explored, & hope it is all removed. During a short hand fellowship we had people returning 4more wood removal. Good L ...Read more
What could be causing severely painful and swollen finger knuckles and joints, along with hard lumps on hands?
Dupuytrens can: Have lumps on the palm with swollen knuckles that get stiff, the lumps and swollen knuckles often involve the skin too in one continuous mass of tissue. Inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or gout can also be associated wot bumps and swollen joints. Rheum arthitis feels soft and "boggy" while gouty noodles or so called tophi are hard ...Read more
I have some red rashes on my face, with frequent slight fever (37.7 every four hours) and slight noticeable swollen finger and joint paint?
Exam and testing: Cannot be diagnosed online. Call your physician for examination, testing, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. Call now. ...Read more
Swollen finger joints on both hands for 3 months? My doctor did an ANA test which came back negative. Now she says we shouldn't worry about it anymore
Swollen Joints: Hi Cory: Symmetrical (both hands) swollen joints for 3 months sounds suspicious for arthritis. An ANA test screens for connective tissue diseases (lupus) and a negative test does not exclude diseases like RA which have different antibody tests. Also, a complete medical history (like family history) and physical exam is necessary to determine the potential causes. See a rheumatologist ...Read more
1st a small toe joint, now side of index finger joint swollen and extremely itchy. Turns red first then purple then fades months later. Worst at night?
See rheumatologist: Symptoms u are displaying are often caused by an underlying inflammatory or auto -immune disease. ...Read more
My 9 yo daughter has swollen finger joints in one hand and has elevated aso levels, could this be from scarlet fever 4 yrs ago?
Maybe: Elevated aso levels indicate a past strep infection....Just not exactly when. It is important to have her evaluated to see if it is something acute or if it could be related to strep. In the cases I have seen of rheumatic problems after strep the patients did not remember having a strep infection. If her scarlet fever was treated then this may not be related. ...Read more
Rest when it hurts: The most important treatment for any problem is to find the cause & eliminate it. Overuse injuries (typing, texting, manually labor intensive jobs) require rest & good preventive measures. Initially 'rice'; (rest ice, compress & elevate). Long term use high grade omega-3 fatty acids w/ glucosamine & chondroiton as well as making sure vit. D levels are good. Nsaids & analgesics as a last resort. ...Read more
Is ice an effective non-drug treatment for trigger finger alongside splint? How long to ice if it is? Thumb is swollen at joint.
I recently jammed my hand against a surface. Joint at base of middle finger sore and stiff and slightly swollen. Bends ok. What is this? Treatment?
Sprain vs fracture: You either sprained the finger (tendon injury) or fractured the bone. You need to see a physician to evaluate it to see if an x-ray is needed. For now you can ice it. You can also take Ibuprofen to help pain and swelling as long as you do not have a history of a stomach ulcer, kidney or liver disease, or high blood pressure. It is more likely sprained but get it checked. ...Read more
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