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My husband broke his hand has a half cast on but swelling is gettin worse do i take him back in or is it healing?

My husband broke his hand has a half cast on but swelling is gettin worse do i take him back in or is it healing?

Difficult : To answer precisely without assessment as swelling occurs after fractures but also could indicate an ongoing issue not being sorted by the current cast/cast problem. See doctor and urgently if pale cold periphery or severe pain ...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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Husband broke hand in a half cast swelling getting worse shouldni take him back in?

Husband broke hand in a half cast swelling getting worse shouldni take him back in?

Probably: Swelling is expected in the first few days to a week after a 1/2 cast is put on. That's why they put the plaster only 1/2 way around to make room for the swelling. Is he keeping his hand elevated as much as possible (above the level of the heart) and in a sling? This is very important. If it is also painful then more important to get it checked. Just swelling you could try better elevation + wait. ...Read more

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Would my hand issue require for me to have a cast? The swelling goes up and down never stable. I really need to know so i know how much I have to pay

Would my hand issue require for me to have a cast? The swelling goes up and down never stable.  I really need to know so i know how much I have to pay

Not usually: You haven't said what is causing your hand swelling. Swelling related to injuries can be quite variable. Keeping the injured area elevated above heart level will decrease swelling. Keeping your hand down will increase your swelling. Variable swelling can make fitting a cast more difficult, but they are usually cheaper than splints. ...Read more

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I fractured my elbow. I have a cast, but now my hand is swelling. Is my hand fractured too?

I fractured my elbow. I have a cast, but now my hand is swelling. Is my hand fractured too?

Probably not: If there was no injury to the hand and it is not painful then it is probably not fractured. Swelling in the hand after an elbow injury especially in a cast is common. The swelling must be controlled with ice, elevation and most importantly keeping the fingers moving. If it becomes severe it can lead to permanent stiffness of the fingers. A good therapist can help controll the swelling. ...Read more

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Can a cast be put on a swollen hand, i broke the 5th metacarpal and the swelling will not subside .?

Can a cast be put on a swollen hand, i broke the 5th metacarpal  and the swelling will not subside .?

Yes: Cast can be applied but one must be careful and alert for possible cast problems
casts are often put on while swollen but swelling will gradually decrease
watch out for any numbness in your fingers or changes to circulation. ...Read more

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I had a cast on my hand and went to remove it at the hospital today , how long before I regain full flexibility and before the swelling goes away?

I had a cast on my hand and went to remove it at the hospital today , how long before I regain full flexibility and before the swelling goes away?

Everyone's different: Flexibility will come back gradually as you work on improving your motion. The more consistent you re, the faster it will return. Assuming your fracture healed and your anatomy has been restored, you should exect to regain your full motion eventually. ...Read more

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I have a fractured hand, and it's very swollen. Will I have to wait swelling to subside before I get a cast?

I have a fractured hand, and it's very swollen. Will I have to wait swelling to subside before I get a cast?

Splint first: With marked swelling you will probably be given a splint to use until the swelling subsides, at which time you will be changed to a cast--but a lot depend on the location of the fracture and whether you need an operation. ...Read more

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How long should I expect swelling after removing cast off hand (fracture, cast lasted 4 weeks)?

How long should I expect swelling after removing cast off hand (fracture, cast lasted 4 weeks)?

Long Time: It is normal for you to have sorness, swelling and stiffness in your hand for many months. Occupational therapy can help get this worked out faster. ...Read more

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I broke my wrist. Just got the cast off and it's still swelling. Is this normal?

I broke my wrist. Just got the cast off and it's still swelling. Is this normal?

Yes they stay: Swelling for a while, usually the swelling go down in 3-4 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the swelling to subside after the wrist cast comes off?

How long does it take for the swelling to subside after the wrist cast comes off?

Months: Depending on why you had the cast on, it may take several months for swelling to fully resolve. If you had a fracture or surgery, i usually tell my patients that it will take up to a year for everything to get back to normal, and that the wrist may always be a little bigger than it was befor. ...Read more

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Swelling has increased 6 days after cast & stitches removed following UCL thumb surgery. is this normal? I'm in a formed splint & only remove it prn.

Swelling has increased 6 days after cast & stitches removed following UCL thumb surgery. is this normal? I'm in a formed splint & only remove it prn.

Probably not: New swelling a week+ after surgery may be an indication that something isn't right. You should go back to your doc and have it rechecked. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is it normal for the wrist to be swollen one month after removing a cast (after a fracture)? How long before the swelling and pain subside?

Is it normal for the wrist to be swollen one month after removing a cast (after a fracture)? How long before the swelling and pain subside?

I can be: After a wrist fracture it is normal to have pain and swelling for many months sometimes as long a 6 months to a year. Therapy can help reduce the swelling and improve your motion. See your doctor to make sure nothing else is going on and that this is normal soreness after a fracture. ...Read more

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Fingers and hand swell 3 weeks after cast removal, is this normal?

Fingers and hand swell 3 weeks after cast removal, is this normal?

Yes: Yes, many people experience swelling after coming out of a cast. Sometimes this can last as long as 6 mos. In the leg the swelling might be permanent. Yikes! ...Read more

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How do I reduce swelling in my hands?

How do I reduce swelling in my hands?

Depends on cause: You need to know why your hands are swelling first. Get worked up by your doctor.

If there is no medical causes, a mild diuretic and elevation with compression can help. ...Read more

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I am experiencing swelling in my hands and the pain, on a scale of 1- 10, is at 7?

I am experiencing swelling in my hands and the pain, on a scale of 1- 10, is at 7?

See Doctor: It could be numerous things including various types of Arthiritis'. Please see a doctor. ...Read more

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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

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Random swelling of the hands. Is that from too much salt?

Random swelling of the hands. Is that from too much salt?

Probably not: Your autonomic nervous system controls the swelling in your hands. Salt intake should not stimulate sweating. Body heat would be the main stimulate to your sweating response. ...Read more

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Hands swelling after weed whacking. What should I put on it?

Hands swelling after weed whacking. What should I put on it?

Swelling may be due : To vibration, muscle fatigue and just regular blood flow, with your hands dependent ie down and working hard, but while some swelling is normal, noticeable swelling is not. Metabolic, blood pressure and endocrine issues come to mind. Gentle elevation and ice works best but if this is a change in behavior of your hands you need to see your pcp and have some basic things checked out! ...Read more

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What causes severe swelling in hands? Dartmouth hitchcock found no cause.

What causes severe swelling in hands? Dartmouth hitchcock found no cause.

Some suggestions: There are multiple causes, including rheumatic disease, infections, poor circulation, arthritis. Sometimes the initial workup does not yield a diagnosis. I would suggest that you review your records with your primary doctor and discuss all these possibilities. An ESR is a general screening test for inflammation. ...Read more

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Swelling of the hands and feet--worried?

Swelling of the hands and feet--worried?

MEDICAL ISSUE: If it's both hands and feet, my first impression is an underlying medical condition. See your PCP. ...Read more

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, how to find vein on swelling hands, for iv?

, how to find vein on swelling hands, for iv?

You don't: Why you want to find your own vein anyway? If your doctor needs to put IV access- your doctor and staff will be able to find the good location. If not, sometimes, an ultrasound is used to guide locate the vein. ...Read more

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What causes hand swelling on a baby?

What causes hand swelling on a baby?

Unknown: A baby should not have a noticeably swollen hand

see your baby's doctor :
thoughts include circualation issues, congenital issues, infection, soft tissue abnormalities, and a whole host of other things. Assymmetry in one limb vs another should be investgated. ...Read more

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What causes pins and needles in both hands and swelling?

?carpal tunnel syndr: You most likely possess localized synovitis over the wrists due to keyboarding, which might compress the median nerve at the wrist. See your doctor and possibly get an EMG test to evaluate. ...Read more

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What causes sudden pain and swelling in my feet and hands?

What causes sudden pain and swelling in my feet and hands?

See details: It is impossible to know if you are describing joint or soft tissue pain and swelling. The causes depend on the specific areas involved. Have the issue evaluated. ...Read more

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What can cause joint swelling in the hands?

What can cause joint swelling in the hands?

Many things: Joint swelling is one of the cardinal features of arthritis. Many forms of arthritis can affect the hands from non inflammatory disease such as osteoarthritis to inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. Many other diseases may have arthritis as part of their overall presentation - like the arthritis of inflammatory bowel disease. There are many many possibilities. ...Read more

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Skin turning black on hand swelling and pain?

Skin turning black on hand swelling and pain?

Go to the ED now: A doctor needs to evaluate for infection or necrotizing fasciitis. Perhaps it's just a bruise, but that is not something i can tell from your description. ...Read more

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Can a rash on the hands and toes cause swelling?

Can a rash on the hands and toes cause swelling?

Yes: If the rash is associated with infection or cetain systemic diseases. ...Read more

Dr. Raj Singh
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Cast (Definition)

Children's bones will usually heal and remodel themselves, if they are kept in the correct position. Immobilization casts are one effective way to do this, while also protecting ...Read more