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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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What is the best way to reduce swelling from a finger that got stuck in the doorway?

What is the best way to reduce swelling from a finger that got stuck in the doorway?

Ice, immobilized: If you have a large amount of swelling from
this type of crush injury, it will gradually
decrease with ice, splint and NSAID meds.
If you have a large subungual hematoma,
it can be very helpful to decompress the
nail with a small needle with much improvement in pain. ...Read more

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How can I reduce finger swelling?

How can I reduce finger swelling?

Motion and elevation: If the cause has been treated and controlled, motion and elevation is all that is needed. But it mat still take a long time to clear up. ...Read more

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How to reduce chronic finger swelling?

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How to reduce chronic finger swelling?

Many ways: It depends on the cause... Is it related to retaining fluid through out the body? An injury? Arthritis? Even some rheumatologic conditions can cause chronic finger swelling. Your primary care doctor can help sort these out and decide if you should see a hand surgeon. Good luck! ...Read more

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How can I reduce swelling in my finger I hurt?

How can I reduce swelling in my finger I hurt?

What was injury: Usually ice, elevationand a light coban wrap will work well. If not better in a few days I would get it looked at and possible even in x-ray. ...Read more

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What can I do to reduce the swelling in my fingers?

What can I do to reduce the swelling in my fingers?

See MD: Swelling fingers: both hands? Recent trauma?
New ring or bracelet? Could be allergic. In the mean time you can ice the area, remove rings, jewelry and can raise hand above level of heart. Take a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 25-50 mg. And see an md. ...Read more

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What are some ways to reduce swelling in a swollen finger?

What are some ways to reduce swelling in a swollen finger?

Coban wrapping: I assume that you have a swollen finger due to an injury. I often have patients wrap the finger from the tip to the base with coban or coflex, which is an elastic, self-adhesive bandage that can be removed and reused until the elasticity gives out. Leave the finger wrapped for 1-2 hour, then remove the wrapping for 1-2 hours. Do this several tiems a day for a few weeks. It may diminish the edema. ...Read more

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How do you reduce finger swelling from allergies?

How do you reduce finger swelling from allergies?

Needs evaluation: Allergies generally don't cause finger swelling. You should discuss this with your physician, who can refer you to an allergist, if it seems like that's the problem. ...Read more

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How to reduce swelling in finger after a kittens claw under nail?

How to reduce swelling in finger after a kittens claw under nail?

Infection:UC/ER: Unfortunately a cat claw scratch under a nail is problematic since the cat's claws are contaminated from the litter box and licking. Start on topical Neosporin ointment or triple antibiotic ointment and then get to a physician for antibiotic coverage. ...Read more

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Hit top of finger by nail with hammer. Bottom of finger quite swollen and black. Do not think it is broken. What can be done to reduce swelling?

Hit top of finger by nail with hammer. Bottom of finger quite swollen and black. Do not think it is broken. What can be done to reduce swelling?

Paperclip: Bend paper clip to have a straight end. Secure with a clamp or pliers so you can hold over a flame until red-hot. Press into the nail until the blood runs out from under the nail. You have a crush injury so it will be sore ; swollen for a few days, longer if the bone was crushed. The black color will gradually be shed off the end in 6 months. The small, round hole will reach the end of the nail so. ...Read more

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6 days I hurt my middle forearm its swollen and my fingers are I can move my arm when I move my wrist towards me it hurts how can I reduce swelling?

6 days I hurt my middle forearm its swollen and my fingers are I can move my arm when I move my wrist towards me it hurts how can I reduce swelling?

Elevation: Of an injured area above the level of the heart is the most effective way to reduce swelling and pain. RICE is the recommended treatment for an injured limb:
R = rest
I = ice (apply 15-20 minutes every 1-2 hours)
C = compression (eg. Wrapping with ace bandage)
E = elevation (above the level of the heart) ...Read more

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I am always play and compress on my lower lip by my fingers... So after days I got a swelled lip of fluid. What should I do to reduce the swelling?

I am always play and compress on my lower lip by my fingers... So after days I got a swelled lip of fluid. What should I do to reduce the swelling?

Stop: Resting the flesh of your lower lip by stopping will do the most to help heal it. The swelling should subside naturally. It sounds like your nerves could use calming. Try meditation, relaxation, prayer, or counseling if you cannot stop playing with your lip or any other irritating habit. ...Read more

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What causes swollen hands, feet, and ankles? Not reduced with diuretic only prednisone. Swelling inbetween finger joints not the joints themselves.

What causes swollen hands, feet, and ankles? Not reduced with diuretic only prednisone. Swelling inbetween finger joints not the joints themselves.

Inflammation: Sounds like inflammation. Must search for cause. Rule out food sensitivity. About 10 percent of population can be sensitive to nightshades, about 30-40 percent can be sensitive to gluten and casein. Other more common food sensitivities include soy, corn, beef, etc. Consider food elimination for at least 2-3 months. Leigh wagner, rd is a good dietitian who can help by phone: 913-588-6208. ...Read more

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I smashed my finger in the car door a week ago, it then turned very blue (almost black)on the tip and front of my finger. Why has the swelling not down?

I smashed my finger in the car door a week ago, it then turned very blue (almost black)on the tip and front of my finger. Why has the swelling not down?

Finger fracture?: This crush type injury to the finger may have resulted in a fracture if the distal phalanx (end bone of the finger). This could explain why the swelling/pain persists. Recommend x-rays and evaluation by a healthcare professional ...Read more

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Please explain why is there swelling on my fingers and no pain?

Please explain why is there swelling on my fingers and no pain?

Can't answer with: Available information. Please consider evaluation. Take care. ...Read more

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My finger get swelling due to winter. How I can relief from this problem?

My finger get swelling due to winter. How I can relief from this problem?

Keep it warm: There is not much to do for a single swollen finger. Keep it arm, wear warm gloves when going into cold weather, and avoid injury. At a young age it should correct itself. ...Read more

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I have swelling betweem my fingers Why as I had not hit it there or anything?

I have swelling betweem my fingers Why as I had not hit it there or anything?

Swelling: You can get swelling from many different causes. It can come from injury or fluid build up from too much salt or certain medications. It can also come from some medical conditions. You should have your hands checked. ...Read more