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Dr. Mark Einbecker
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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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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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Dr. Mark Ciaglia
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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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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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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Dr. Matt Wachsman
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Swelling outside wrist, where forearm meets wrist, between knuckles & pain - been this way over 1 yr, how long before swelling causes permanent damage?

Swelling outside wrist, where forearm meets wrist, between knuckles & pain - been this way over 1 yr, how long before swelling causes permanent damage?

Really cannot say: Without an actual examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health, and the swelling doesn't often cause as much damage as the CAUSE of the swelling. So, if someone fell and fractured the wrist, the fall and fracture would be the key thing. Or chronic wear and tear from jack-hammer use as another example. Rest, warmth, anti-inflammatories help if nothing else going on. ...Read more

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Dr. Anne Phelan-adams
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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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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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No swelling, however there's a sharp pain in my pinky knuckle when i try to make a fist. What's wrong with my pinky? I'm able to bend it too.

No swelling, however there's a sharp pain in my pinky knuckle when i try to make a fist. What's wrong with my pinky?  I'm able to bend it too.

Flexor tendinitis: It could be a tendinitis of the flexor tendon coming thru the pulley in the palm of the hand by the base of the 5th finger. If exercise of flexing and extending plus warm soaks do not relieve it , an injection may be needed into that area. ...Read more

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