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Finger Swelling (Definition)

Finger swelling can occur in many medical conditions. It can be objectively measured by water displacement measuring in some cases. It can be a sign of systemic disease, such as heart failure, or renal failure. It most often is a ...Read more


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My pinky finger is swollen & painful. Dr. gave me Cataflam 50mg for it. Is this ok since I have high BP and taking Diovan 80mg?

My pinky finger is swollen & painful. Dr. gave me Cataflam 50mg for it. Is this ok since I have high BP and taking Diovan 80mg?

May be dactylitis: You need a diagnosis and may need to see a rheumatologist. Swelling can be joint but if it is the whole finger this may be dactylitis and may suggest a more systemic problem, Do you have psoriasis or other medical problems. The catflam is diclofenac and cause increased blood pressure, decrease kidney function and cuase intestinal bleeding. It may help the finger but you will need a full ...Read more

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Pinky finger is swollen & painful. Don't remember injuring it. X-ray showed a fragment but bone looks normal. Could this be a blood clot? I'm worried.

Pinky finger is swollen & painful. Don't remember injuring it. X-ray showed a fragment but bone looks normal. Could this be a blood clot? I'm worried.

Not a blood clot-: -that U should worry about, they do not travel. If there is a fragment, U need 2 ask Ur treating MD. What it is, & where it came from. ...Read more

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Hit the center of proximal phalanx on my right pointer finger. Swollen knot, bruising & painful bending. Bruised or would raised knot mean fracture?

Hit the center of proximal phalanx on my right pointer finger. Swollen knot, bruising & painful bending. Bruised or would raised knot mean fracture?

Fractures can swell: Either locally or diffusely. A knot may mean there is a very bad bruise to skin or it could mean a fracture. A fracture in the finger can be nondislplaced meaning everyting moves well and is lined up so one does not necessarily have a great deformity, joint fractures or fractures in the plane of motion with swelling may not loo obvious except for pain and swelling. If symptoms persist, get seen ...Read more

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Possible nail fungal infection, finger red, swollen, painful, doctor gave me flucloxacillin, why? If its ineffective on fungal infections?

Possible nail fungal infection, finger red, swollen, painful, doctor gave me flucloxacillin, why? If its ineffective on fungal infections?

Poss bacterial infec: You may have a paroncyhia, which can be a bacterial infection. If the prescribed treatment doesn't help within about 2 days, or if it's getting worse, then i'd recommend you call the doctor who prescribed this and let them know. They may want to prescribe if different medication and/or see you back for follow-up. ...Read more

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My left hand finger is swollen and painful. Could it be broken?

My left hand finger is swollen and painful. Could it be broken?

Possibly,: Particularly if you hit it with and object, against an object, jammed it, etc. See your doctor for an x-ray and examination. ...Read more

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My index finger is swollen and painful I cant bend it much had x Ray was fine sometimes the finger looks purple supposed to have mri should I getdone?

My index finger is swollen and painful I cant bend it much had x Ray was fine sometimes the finger looks purple supposed to have mri should I getdone?

Specialist: If you are not seeing a orthopedic hand specialist, I would do that. A detailed exam and appropriate studies will likely determine the cause. It is just that am MRI of a swollen finger is not usually real helpful as it can be nonspecific. So, unless it was ordered by a hand specialist, I would probably start there. ...Read more

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Partner stabbed hand deep. Bled lots but could move it. Now can't move much & nearest finger v.Swollen, v.Painful. Pains go up to elbow. Any idea?

Partner stabbed hand deep. Bled lots but could move it. Now can't move much & nearest finger v.Swollen, v.Painful. Pains go up to elbow. Any idea?

URGENT PROBLEMS: Urgent and severe problems should be dealt with urgently at either your family clinic or the nearest emergency room. Given the description of the hand and how easily it is to lose one's appendages to bad infections please get out of the house and to the appropriate medical facility today. ...Read more

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My right index finger is swollen and painful at the joint closest to the palm. I had cut  that area about a month prior but it healed. Other hand ok.

My right index finger is swollen and painful at the joint closest to the palm. I had cut  that area about a month prior but it healed. Other hand ok.

Go see doc: It sounds like you have an infection and need to be on antibiotics. They can evaluate and see if this is correct or if there is something else wrong. You don't want to wait for this to get worse. ...Read more

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Cactus spine remvd from hand 3 days ago, tetanus shot & septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds 2x.Finger is now swollen, painful& ibu not helping w/ pain or swelling. Age 41 female?

Cactus spine remvd from hand 3 days ago, tetanus shot & septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds 2x.Finger is now swollen, painful& ibu not helping w/ pain or swelling. Age 41 female?

If this is change in: Status of finger then it needs to be rechecked. Swelling, redness, heat, increased tenderness, purulent drainage or red streaks are all signs that infection may have set in. Take care. ...Read more

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My finger is swollen and feels painful what should I do?

My finger is swollen and feels painful what should I do?

Finger swollen: It is important to find out why by seeing u pcp and receiving treatment. ...Read more

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The last three days I've been waking up with swollen painful fingers and the swelling seems to go away within a few hours but the pain comes and goes?

The last three days I've been waking up with swollen painful fingers and the swelling seems to go away within a few hours but the pain comes and goes?

Swollen fingers: Could be arthritis or a connective tissue disorder. Another thought is carpal tunnel. Wearing wrists braces at night should help the latter. If bedtime NSAID helps could be either. May need to see your dr for further evaluation if this continues. ...Read more

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Why is my ring finger painful and swollen? What can I do to resolve this problem?

Infection?: Possibilities include infection, inflammation, arthritis, insect bite etc.
Go see your dr for a thorough evaluation.
You may need to take antibiotics, and xray etc.
Try some over the counter tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil if you have no allergies or you are not on blood thinners (warfarin).
Take care friend! ...Read more

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A co-worker woke up tbis morning and her middle finger was swollen and very painful, could this be gout?

A co-worker woke up tbis morning and her middle finger was swollen and very painful, could this be gout?

Swollen finger: Gout could certainly be a cause of acute painful red swelling around any joint, and is one of the more common causes of acute pain and swelling in a finger joint. Other causes to consider are infection. Sometimes a bacterial germ can get in under the skin through just the slightest nick in the skin. This is the most serious concern. And, of course, trauma or a sprain can do this. ...Read more

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I think I suffered a paroxysmal finger hematoma today and the hematoma is really painful and the finger swollen, should I be seen by a dr.?

Paroxysmal finger he: This is also called achenbach syndrome. It's etiology is poorly understood at best. It may be associated with other diseases, but that is undetermined at present. It is benign, it usually resolves in a couple days. I know - I have had the same sort of episode in my left thumb! ...Read more

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For about a month I have woke up with my finger swollen and hard to bend. I did not injure it at all?

For about a month I have woke up with my finger swollen and hard to bend. I did not injure it at all?

Many possibilities: There is a long list of diagnosis possible for atraumatic finger swelling and stiffness.

Most common is a trigger finger or stenosing tenosynovitis, but other possibilities in the long list include infection, inflammatory conditions such as gout or ra, aggravation of underlying arthritis...

Only way to find out for sure is evaluation by a qualified medical provider -. ...Read more

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Why is my finger swollen at the fingertip? I need some advice.

Why is my finger swollen at the fingertip? I need some advice.

Swollen finger: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes.
Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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Why is my finger swollen and bruised still? I need some advice.

Why is my finger swollen and bruised still? I need some advice.

Don't know: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. ...Read more

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What can you do for a smashed finger, swollen and has the pins and needle numbness currently, injured 8 hours ago?

What can you do for a smashed finger, swollen and has the pins and needle numbness currently, injured 8 hours ago?

Go to ER now: You need to go er to get x-ray done to make sure you do not have a crushed injury with nerve injury as well as med for pain and anti-inflammatory. ...Read more

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Finger swollen under knuckle after mosquito bite. Why would a mosquito bite make it swell. Will it go down soon?

Finger swollen under knuckle after mosquito bite. Why would a mosquito bite make it swell. Will it go down soon?

Several possibility: You may have been bitten by something other than a mosquito, may have had an unusually severe reaction to the bite, or may have developed a secondary infection due to breaking the skin while scratching. If the finger is red, warm, painful or gets worse would see a hand surgeon asap. Infections in fingers can extend upwards very quickly. ...Read more

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Had itchy red swollen end of little finger, swelling gone now and left lots of red dots under skin that don't fade when pressed down on. Thank you?

Had itchy red swollen end of little finger, swelling gone now and left lots of red dots under skin that don't fade when pressed down on. Thank you?

Capillary: These red spots are most likely due to burst capillaries which leak blood into the skin and take days to weeks to fade. What caused the swelling and discoloration initially? ? infected bite? allergic reaction? trauma ...Read more

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Regarding my middle finger, swollen at the top joint, has become this way over a period of 9 yrs after slight injury, cd anything be done to fix?

Regarding my middle finger, swollen at the top joint, has become this way over a period of 9 yrs after slight injury, cd anything be done to fix?

Hand specialist: After nine years of swelling and scarring, I don't know if there is much a hand specialist could offer, but if it is bothering you make an appointment with a hand surgeon to explore the options. ...Read more

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Broken Finger? Swollen hurts and bruise behind knuckle. Should I go to the ER? Also when I pull on it it makes a popping noise its been 2 days

Broken Finger? Swollen hurts and bruise behind knuckle. Should I go to the ER? Also when I pull on it it makes a popping noise its been 2 days

Xray: I don't think you have to go to the ER but an xray would be a good idea to rule out a fracture. Especially of the finger you want to be careful as you of course want to retain full function of the finger. ...Read more

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Babys hand crushed in door. Her pinky knuckle looked squished in and there was instantly a deep purple bruise on ring finger. Swollen now but playful.

Babys hand crushed in door. Her pinky knuckle looked squished in and there was instantly a deep purple bruise on ring finger. Swollen now but playful.

Watch digit use: You can just watch. Generally if an infant guards or refuses to use the injured part further evaluation is definitely warranted. 1 concern would be if there is an injury to the growth plate. Kids are very resiliant and learn to adapt. I would watch overall use. ...Read more

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