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How do I reduce swelling and pain in hand?

How do I reduce swelling and pain in hand?

Elevation: The hand usually responds to trauma (and surgery is trauma) by swelling. The best thing to do is to keep the hand above the elbow since most of the swelling is water and water runs downhill. ...Read more

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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How can I reduce swelling after arm & hand surgery?

How can I reduce swelling after arm & hand surgery?

Depends: You should always expect swelling after surgery. The amount will depend on the surgery itself, the patient, and how aggressively the hand is being used. Strict hand elevation, wrapping, and anti-inflammatories (only if ok with your surgeon) can help minimize swelling. Hand therapists can also be very helpful in controlling post-operative swelling. ...Read more

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I got a pink and a bit sore on both of my hand palm, mostly when I use water on it, what could it be? Over using it? How can I reduce the swelling?

I got a pink and a bit sore on both of my hand palm, mostly when I use water on it, what could it be? Over using it? How can I reduce the swelling?

Irritant: Too much hand washing irritates the skin . Try soap like dove and avoid scented and anti-bacterial ones. Wash hands only when necessary and the apply a moisturizer immediately after and see it this helps. (wearing non-latex gloves can only reduce water contact). ...Read more

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93 yr old male swollen lft hand contuinous for three weeks or more. Have put hand in sling and iced swelling reduces but he refuses to do for any helpful length of time, and will not get treatment my brother and i are at an impasse please help.

93 yr old male swollen lft hand contuinous for three weeks or more. Have put hand in sling and iced swelling reduces but he refuses to do for any helpful length of time, and will not get treatment my brother and i are at an impasse please help.

First : First even if you can't find out right away what is causing the swelling, having it a sling is probably not helping a sling keeps the hand dependent and below heart level thus increasing swelling. Even if you raise the hand up in the sling then your elbow is flexed also impairing drainage. Its best to elevate the hand on pillows on your chest or abdomen while lying down or try to keep you fingers pointed to the ceiling. Do not put your hand over your head while sleeping next motion , making a full fist and fully owning the hand helps prevent swelling and congestion. Ice is good for swelling but one must be carefu with ice in vascular insufficiency problems or after vascular repair. ...Read more

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I have swelling, redness, and pain in my left hand. It is warm to touch and difficult to move. I have taken ibuprofen which has reduced some pain.

I have swelling, redness, and pain in my left hand. It is warm to touch and difficult to move. I have taken ibuprofen which has reduced some pain.

Have it checked: You may have injured it somehow but your symptoms may also indicate an infection. See your physician who can make the diagnosis and suggest treatment. Don't wait too long. Good Luck ...Read more

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Treatment knuckle pain and swelling?

Treatment knuckle pain and swelling?

It depends: It depends on the cause of the joint pain and inflammation. For instance, there are several treatment options if the cause is rheumatoid arthritis. However, there are numerous other possible causes. Have the issue evaluated. ...Read more

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Can your knuckle actually be broken if there is no swelling?

Can your knuckle actually be broken if there is no swelling?

Maybe: Usually swelling accompanies a fracture. Although the knuckle is a joint and is associated with dislocations which have swelling as well. If there was no history of trauma to the area it most likely isn't broke. Have an x-ray to ensure no broken bones in the hand. ...Read more

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If patient is already on meds for jra can it spread to the knuckles with out having swelling and only pain?

If patient is already on meds for jra can it spread to the knuckles with out having swelling and only pain?

Yes: You do not mention your present meds. This would help. However, you can suffer flares even if you are on meds. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Knuckles got some red swelling, she used candle wax to decrease swelling and it helps. Is it ok? What are the causes? Should it be a concern?

Knuckles got some red swelling,  she used candle wax to decrease swelling and it helps. Is it ok? What are the causes? Should it be a concern?

Causes of swelling?: There are many possible causes of swelling, pain and/or redness of the knuckles. These include overuse, sprains, arthritis (wear & tear and rheumatoid are the most common), infection and injury. Candle wax may provide temporary relief by warming the joints, but, due to the high risk of burns, in my mind, it's not OK. If your arthritic joints are bothering you, by all means, consult a doctor. ...Read more

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I punched a wall a couple days ago and there's a dent in my knuckle and it's swelling but it doesn't hurt unless I touch it. What's wrong with it?

I punched a wall a couple days ago and there's a dent in my knuckle and it's swelling but it doesn't hurt unless I touch it. What's wrong with it?

Self control: Hi. I'm glad it was a wall and not a person, but still losing control of yourself and behaving irrationally can hurt someone, including you. Please consider your ability to control yourself, and seek counseling if indicated. As for the hand, an X-ray to make sure there's no fracture would not be a bad idea. Peace and good luck. ...Read more

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My hands are in such agonizing pain with swelling in between first two large knuckles.

My hands are in such agonizing pain with swelling in between first two large knuckles.

Hand pain: Unless this is due to recent injury or overuse, the combination of joint pain and swelling is characteristic of arthritis. This should be helped with warm applications and, if you can take them, anti-inflammatory medications like Advil or Aleve. If symptoms persist consult a rheumatologist or hand surgeon for diagnosis and treatment. Appropriate tests will be ordered in order to make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Could I have broken my knuckle or hand? I jammed my hand while tumbling and i have experienced a grinding sensation in my knuckle and swelling.

Could I have broken my knuckle or hand? I jammed my hand while tumbling and i have experienced a grinding sensation in my knuckle and swelling.

Recommend that: you let your parents know. They can have you evaluated which usually includes a medical history, physical exam and x-rays. Take care. ...Read more