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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

Dr. Janice Alexander
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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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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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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.?

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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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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My middle finger has gotten progressively more swollen and painful for the last 24 hours, and I don't know what I did to cause this?

My middle finger has gotten progressively more swollen and painful for the last 24 hours, and I don't know what I did to cause this?

Swollen finger: Go to ER immediately. You could have an infection which if not treated promptly, could result in possible blood infection or loss of function of finger, or it could be autoimmune / lyme -like disease disease. Since the risk from infection is so great go to ER. ...Read more

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Painful middle finger on my left hand. Since this morning it was score but not it’s swollen and it’s warmer than the other fingers.?

Assessment needed: And fairly urgently as may have an infection. Other possibilities include arthritis or if injured tendon problem. Will need a doctor assessment and if diagnosis remains unclear may need tests such as bloods and xrays, scans etc. ...Read more

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I punched a tree, and now my middle finger knuckle is painful and swollen when moving. Thsi happended yeterday night.

I punched a tree, and now my middle finger knuckle is painful and swollen when moving. Thsi happended yeterday night.

X-ray: Your doc can see that your get an x-ray and treatment as needed. It would be good for you to get this checked out. Peace and good health. ...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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Today I woke up with the inability to bend my ring finger on my right hand. It is painful and swollen. Any ideas...?

Today I woke up with the inability to bend my ring finger on my right hand. It is painful and swollen. Any ideas...?

Trigger finger: Sounds like swelling in the tendon that gets stuck in its sheath. Usually worse in the morning because hands often swell at night. Usually resolved by a cortisone injection. See your local hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Hand swollen/painful 4 wks in between thumb and finger. No injury. Swelling and pain are spreading and increasing. What could it be?

Hand swollen/painful 4 wks in between thumb and finger. No injury. Swelling and pain are spreading and increasing. What could it be?

Swelling causality: The symptoms you describe in the face of no known injury best describe an infectious or autoimmune process. With the acceleration you describe, you should see your doctor as soon as possible as a firm diagnosis and start of treatment as quickly as possible is very important. ...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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Woke up on 2-14-15 with a swollen finger right hand pinkie painful at the upper joint what's going on?

Woke up on 2-14-15 with a swollen finger right hand pinkie painful at the upper joint what's going on?

Some thoughts: Paronychia- or an infected cuticle is most likely- without seeing you or taking a history. Try warm soaks, and see your doctor. They can be extremely painful and sometime warrant antibiotics if that is what you have. ...Read more

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Woke up with a painful n swollen index finger knuckle (where it attaches to the hand) no idea what I did to injure it. What can I do at home 2 help it?

Woke up with a painful n swollen index finger knuckle (where it attaches to the hand) no idea what I did to injure it. What can I do at home 2 help it?

Cold pack: If no idea how/why suddenly swollen, then might be infection, or gout (but odd for your age to be there). Can keep eye on it & cool compresses to see if swelling goes down. If does not, or if increases, should see dr / urgent care for examination to see what is going on. ...Read more

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I have a small white bump on my left index finger. It only is painful when I have pressure on it, or this morning when my hand was swollen. Pic attach?

I have a small white bump on my left index finger. It only is painful when I have pressure on it, or this morning when my hand was swollen. Pic attach?

Exam needed: A tender white lesion on a finger combined with a swollen hand raises suspicion of an infection. Therefore I recommend an urgent examination by a physician in the hospital emergency room for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Wrist injury 6 days ago wnt 2 Dr 3 days ago Dr said no broke bones bandage up 4 few days wrist & hand still swollen & painful cant feel fingers @ time?

Wrist injury 6 days ago wnt 2 Dr 3 days ago Dr said no broke bones bandage up 4 few days wrist & hand still swollen & painful cant feel fingers @ time?

Swelling near nerve: Swelling can squeeze the nerves and cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Just because no bones broken doesn't mean no injury. See an orthopedic surgeon for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I got stung by an Asian hornet in my finger 2 days ago and it is still swollen between my lower knuckle and my hand and is extremely painful and itchy?

I got stung by an Asian hornet in my finger 2 days ago and it is still swollen between my lower knuckle and my hand and is extremely painful and itchy?

Give it time: It is healing and may take a week to fully settle down. Leave it alone.
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My dadchef fingers swollen both hands right hand numb somepart bust open get painful at times, it feel hard, I don't know if its cookin? Use hand a lot

My dadchef fingers swollen both hands right hand numb somepart bust open get painful at times, it feel hard, I don't know if its cookin? Use hand a lot

See details: This situation needs to be evaluated by a doctor. Pain and swelling in the hands is never normal and can have several causes, some of them potentially serious. ...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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I have a painful lump on the top of my left hand that is effecting my grip, movement in my index, middle, and ring finger, and whole hand is swollen?

I have a painful lump on the top of my left hand that is effecting my grip, movement in my index, middle, and ring finger, and whole hand is swollen?

This sounds pretty: Uncomfortable and potentially serious. You need to be seen by a health care professional for examination and evaluation and appropriate treatment. Don't delay. Make an appointment today. ...Read more

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I have a ganglion cyst on my right & it is really painful. The surgeon will not take it out because it is too deep. My hand, wrist & fingers swollen Do?

I have a ganglion cyst on my right & it is really painful. The surgeon will not take it out because it is too deep. My hand, wrist & fingers swollen Do?

Ganglion cyst: Obtain a second opinion or ask for clarification from the surgeon. Perhaps the cyst is not causing any problems and you misunderstood the surgeon's reason (s) for not operating. Ganglion cysts are filled with synovial fluid and are an out-pouching of the joints or tendons. Surgical excision remains the primary treatment but sometimes they are aspirated or injected with cortisone. ...Read more

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The top of my right hand is swollen with a painful spot halfway up the first finger bone (between my finger and wrist) the pain and swelling are only?

The top of my right hand is swollen with a painful spot halfway up the first finger bone (between my finger and wrist) the pain and swelling are only?

Infection can be: Present when swelling and pain spreads along hte finger from the hand or the finger to the hand. Seek medical care as infections can get serious fast. Especialy if it just started rapidly and is associate with pain and redness and you don't have a history of gout or other joint issues. ...Read more

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Hand is swollen, painful, sometimes much colder than the rest of body. I also have pains shooting from little finger almost to elbow. Wrist hurts too.

See doctor ASAP: The coldness of the hand and the pain are worrisome for a blood clot or narrowing of one of the arteries either problem can be very serious. Sometimes, nerve entrapment or spasm in a blood vessel can do this. Get it checked out soon. ...Read more