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Does cracking your knuckles cause arthitis?

Does cracking your knuckles cause arthitis?

No: I read a recent study which confirmed what we all suspected, there is no increased risk of developing hand arthritis with knuckle cracking. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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What might cause recurrent discoloration in knuckles of one or both hands? Knuckles & fingers suddenly turn blue, lasting anywhere from 1hr- day(s).

What might cause recurrent discoloration in knuckles of one or both hands? Knuckles & fingers suddenly turn blue, lasting anywhere from 1hr- day(s).

Possibly Raynaud's: Raynauds involves cold or stress induced vasospasm of small vessels in hands and feet. It is really more of an annoyance than a harmful problem. Calcium channel blockers are the most common medication that physicians use to treat the symptoms of raynauds. The main drawback is the side effects from these medicines. Keeping your hands and feet warm remains the best treatment. ...Read more

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My hands are still cold & knuckles off & on turning a purplish blue? Why is this happening, is there something wrong with me? Never had this problem before, my body feels warm, it's just my hands. They feel like icicles, they are so cold. My knuckles have

My hands are still cold & knuckles off & on turning a purplish blue? Why is this happening, is there something wrong with me? Never had this problem before, my body feels warm, it's just my hands. They feel like icicles, they are so cold. My knuckles have

Yes : Yes this is abnormal and needs to be checked out. You have a problem with circulation to your hands. This could be relative to small blood vessels in your hand as in certain rheumatological conditions i.E raynauds. Or you might have a problem with larger vessels though less likely. This is much less common than in the legs and less commonly involving both hands. It can also happen with abnormal pressure on larger vessels though also not common. The important point is that you should get checked out as soon as you can. ...Read more

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What causes sudden heated blush and swelling of various areas of the hand, knuckles, and fingers?

What causes sudden heated blush and swelling of various areas of the hand, knuckles, and fingers?

Rash: That sounds like urticaria, but is hard to tell by description only. Urticaria is a reaction to various things and is usually itchy. Antihistamines work the best, but if worsening or any facial swelling or difficulty breathing please see a physician, and it's best to go right to the er if that seems to be happening. We only figure out what causes it 25% of the time. Check online for pictures. ...Read more

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How can I relieve the pain in my hands & knuckles caused by osteoarthrits?

How can I relieve the pain in my hands & knuckles caused by osteoarthrits?

NSAIDS: Provided you are not allergic to Aspirin or Aspirin like drugs otc anti-inflammatories are probably your best best( ibuprofen, naproxen, etc). Some people swear by the "natural" remedies (glucosamine chondroitin, sharks cartilage etc) though there are no controlled scientific trials to substantiate their efficacy. Check with your pcp. ...Read more

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I'm 31 and am experiencing the sudden onset of pain in my two middle knuckles on both hands with no injury or trauma. What can cause this?

I'm 31 and am experiencing the sudden onset of pain in my two middle knuckles on both hands with no injury or trauma. What can cause this?

Are they swollen?: Or inflammed? If it is pain only, then it's arthralgia. If associated with swelling, warmth, redness, then it's indicative of inflammation. ...Read more

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What might cause sudden discoloration (blue) of fingers (generally only 1 hand) or the knuckles alone? I am 24 yr old female.

What might cause sudden discoloration (blue) of fingers (generally only 1 hand) or the knuckles alone? I am 24 yr old female.

See your doctor: You should visit your doctor. He/she will listen to you, perform an examination, possibly run some tests and find out what's going on. ...Read more

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My 2 year old daughters hands (knuckles) started swelling today every time she washes her hands. We did not change soap. What could cause this?

My 2 year old daughters hands (knuckles) started swelling today every time she washes her hands. We did not change soap. What could cause this?

Allergic reaction: To something. Maybe you didn't change brand but the brand may have changed the ingredients. Try a different soap...And try no soap. Sometimes people will have a peculiar reaction to just cold, heat. Or just water.. ...Read more

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My friend is developing rough and dark patches over only his middle finger knuckles on both hands . Not painful . What could be the possible cause . ?

My friend is developing rough and dark patches over only his middle finger knuckles on both hands . Not painful . What could be the possible cause . ?

Activity related: Most likely overexertion from long hours on computer. Stiff? Itchy? Could also be dryness/eczema. Tried cortisone cream? Tried moisturizer? Other thoughts; fungal skin infection? See your famdoc if curious. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more