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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