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What could be causing severely painful and swollen finger knuckles and joints, along with hard lumps on hands?

What could be causing severely painful and swollen finger knuckles and joints, along with hard lumps on hands?

Dupuytrens can: have lumps on the palm with swollen knuckles that get stiff, the lumps and swollen knuckles often involve the skin too in one continuous mass of tissue. Inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or gout can also be associated wot bumps and swollen joints. Rheum arthitis feels soft and "boggy" while gouty noodles or so called tophi are hard ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
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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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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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Injured knee 1wk ago possible meniscus tear&bakers cyst.woke up with one swollen stiff painful knuckle on hand, petechia on foot, & burning chest. ER?

Injured knee 1wk ago possible meniscus tear&bakers cyst.woke up with one swollen stiff painful knuckle on hand, petechia on foot, & burning chest. ER?

Arthritis ?: It may be part of a larger arthritis syndrome. You need to see your physician. Your evaluation will include lab, imaging along with a history and physical. Inflammation is occuring and it may be causing the arthritis and the the blood vessels - getting the petechiae. ...Read more

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I have had a swollen knuckle for 2 months now?

I have had a swollen knuckle for 2 months now?

Was there: any trauma? More information is needed. It is unusual to have a single knuckle (finger JOINT) enlargement without trauma..(arthritic disorders usually invlove multiple joints. In any case you need to have an xray and your PCP (Primary Care Provider) can order this and proceed from the results! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Swollen knuckle, cannot straighten fingers?

Swollen knuckle, cannot straighten fingers?

Swollen Knuckle: You may have osteoarthritis or gout. Please see your primary care physician for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I have a jammed finger with a swollen knuckle, what do you suggest to treat this?

I have a jammed finger  with a swollen knuckle, what do you suggest to treat this?

Xrays: You should get an xray to make sure there is no fracture. Some fractures of the knuckles can involve the joint space and cause long term pain. Hopefully it is just a sprain, but if its swollen and over the knuckle if could be more serious. ...Read more

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Bruised, swollen knuckle, it's not broken but the finger is sore to move. can i do sport? do i tubi-grip or bandage the area? how long is healing time

Bruised, swollen knuckle, it's not broken but the finger is sore to move. can i do sport? do i tubi-grip or bandage the area? how long is healing time

Buddy strapping: Use a tape to strap your affected finger to the adjacent finger for support. If you keep experiencing ongoing pain then an X Ray is a wise idea. Most finger sprains recover within 2-3 weeks provided you keep it well supported and do not hurt it again during sport ...Read more

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Hx:35F metacarpal shaft fx with k-wire ORIF, removed 2 weeks ago. Red swollen painful PIP knuckles since removal. PT said maybe arthritis. Possible?

Hx:35F metacarpal shaft fx with k-wire ORIF, removed 2 weeks ago. Red swollen painful PIP knuckles since removal. PT said maybe arthritis. Possible?

Very unlikely.: Degenerative or wear and tear arthritis doesn't occur overnight, so it can't be linked to a procedure 2 weeks ago. If your PIP joints were merely painful with movement or stiff, I might attribute it to the changes in your hand's biomechanics from the MC injury itself or from the initial surgical procedure. Your surgeon needs to evaluate the pain, swelling and redness of the PIP joints promptly. ...Read more

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Over the past few weeks I have punched walls everyday and now my middle knuckle is swollen and changed colour it is also really squishy and painful?

X-ray asap: You need an X-ray and evaluation right away. Get to your physician right away, or go to the Emergency Department. And then stop punching walls! I assume you are doing this as an unhealthy coping mechanism for stress or trauma you are experiencing right now. Get to a psychotherapist immediately to discuss more effective coping strategies. ...Read more

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I had a rose thorn stuck n my knuckle for several hours tday before I got it out. My knuckle is swollen & it's painful to touch or move it at all. ...

I had a rose thorn stuck n my knuckle for several hours tday before I got it out. My knuckle is swollen & it's painful to touch or move it at all. ...

Infection?: Suspicious description for induced infection possibly with retained piece of the thorn that would need to be removed. As this involves the hand and can rapidly progress and cause deformity, urgent medical evaluation is recommended. ...Read more

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Have a painful swollen knot on rightside of right knuckles? On the rightside of my right hand.

Ganglion?: I could be a ganglion cyst which is a fluid filled sac that comes from joints and tendons. The typical treatment is removing the fluid with a needle. If it does not resolve you can consider surgery to remove it. ...Read more

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My knuckles on both hands are swollen, itchy and painful. Why? PleaseLooks like herpes of some sort

My knuckles on both hands are swollen, itchy and painful.  Why? PleaseLooks like herpes of some sort

Not Herpes: it is impossible to offer specifics without being able to visualize the rash. See you family doctor or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Woke up with pain in knuckles below index finger/pain in finger. Have been playing video games a lot. Now swollen/painful can't bend or fully extend?

Woke up with pain in knuckles below index finger/pain in finger. Have been playing video games a lot. Now swollen/painful can't bend or fully extend?

Video triggerfinger?: It is possible you've developed the disease of young people in the 21st century (trigger finger caused by TOO MUCH video gaming). But to be sure there are other things that could cause pain and swelling in your finger so if after icing, Motrin for 3 days, and NO video games you're not better an examination would be in order. Questions? Write me: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi Key Code: PDXFNR ...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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Thumb car door 4/52 ago swollen painful 4 1 day. Thumb knuckle hard lump on it now painful if hit and cramp like pain if bent too muchwhat shud i do?

Thumb car door 4/52 ago swollen painful 4 1 day. Thumb knuckle hard lump on it now painful if hit and cramp like pain if bent too muchwhat shud i do?

Get yourself seen --: By your gp or an ortho doc so x rays could be done to DX the problem. You could have a fracture or ligament/tendon disruption, and in all these situations you need to be treated, as otherwise you might develop long term problems. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have red, swollen, and painful hands and fingertips. I also have red , raised, round sores on some knuckles. In various places on the hand I have sor?

I have red, swollen, and painful hands and fingertips. I also have red , raised, round sores on some knuckles. In various places on the hand I have sor?

Hand Eczema: Hand eczema (also known as hand dermatitis) is a common condition affecting up to 10% of the population. It results from a combination of factors, both internal (e.g. Your genetic make-up), and external (e.g. Contact with irritants and allergens such as chemicals). ...Read more

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I have red, swollen, and painful hands and fingertips. I also have red , raised, round sores on some knuckles. In various places on the hand I have sor?

I have red, swollen, and painful hands and fingertips. I also have red , raised, round sores on some knuckles. In various places on the hand I have sor?

Hand Eczema: Hand eczema (also known as hand dermatitis) is a common condition affecting up to 10% of the population. It results from a combination of factors, both internal (e.g. Your genetic make-up), and external (e.g. Contact with irritants and allergens such as chemicals). ...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. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. ...Read more