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In what way can I treat my purple swollen thumb?

In what way can I treat my purple swollen thumb?

Purple: Make sure you didn't bang it or otherwise injure it. If not go to doc to check coagulopathy. ...Read more

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My nail beds have been turning purple recently, now my thumb nail beds are so purple they're nearly black. My hands don't feel cold - what is this?

My nail beds have been turning purple recently, now my thumb nail beds are so purple they're nearly black. My hands don't feel cold - what is this?

Possibly related to: Spasms of the blood vessels of the nailbed, so called Raynaud's phenomenon. Cold sometimes is a trigger. But emotional stress can set it off too. Exposures to many different things can. In some cases this can be related to associated autoimmune disease like lupus, or other disease processes. Your best bet is to be evaluated by a doctor in person, to make sure nothing more concerning is going on ...Read more

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I hit my hand against something, my finger and thumb turned purple, why?

Blood: Ubroke a small vessel in ur contusion (bruise)...It goes from black/blue/purple to yellowish to normal. ...Read more

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I squished my thumb under a 200lb piece of metal. Thumb swollen, purple and black bruising on middle knuckle, blood under nail, can't bend. Broken?

I squished my thumb under a 200lb piece of metal. Thumb swollen, purple and black bruising on middle knuckle, blood under nail, can't bend. Broken?

Thumb injury: Go to the emergency room to have it checked. An xray can check to see if there is a fracture. They can puncture the top of the nail and relieve the pressure from the blood under the nail. ...Read more

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Lump under skin on wrist thumb side purple over veins on wrist and down thumb was this a clot took an aspirin lump went down but left large bruise?

Lump under skin on wrist thumb side purple over veins on wrist and down thumb was this a clot took an aspirin lump went down but left large bruise?

Get that checked out: This sounds like a thrombosed (clotted) vein in your hand. The Aspirin may have helped to dissolve the clot. This could happen for several reasons. It also could be something else. I would get this checked out just be cautious. ...Read more

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Have a dime size purple spot on my left thumb. Should I worry?

Have a dime size purple spot on my left thumb. Should I worry?

Get checked: I assume this spot is not a bruise from a known incident. Spontaneous and unusual markings on the skin should be examined, preferably by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Noticed a small bug bite on my thumb with a purple circle around it. Have had for a few days. What could this be?

Noticed a small bug bite on my thumb with a purple circle around it. Have had for a few days. What could this be?

Need photo: It is not possible to identify the type of insect that caused the lesion, but the purple discoloration sounds like hemorrhage or bleeding under the skin which can be related to some insect bites, but could also be related to minor trauma or infection. If it is painful, I advise that you have it evaluated by a doctor. Itching is more common with a benign insect bite and it should resolve. ...Read more

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I slammed my thumb in a car door on accident and the swelling hasn't gone down and its reddish purple. Can you tell me what's wrong?

I slammed my thumb in a car door on accident and the swelling hasn't gone down and its reddish purple. Can you tell me what's wrong?

Need examination: Something as traumatic enough to cause the signs you describe should probably be examined. The color and swelling is blood accumulation in the subcutaneous tissues and inflammation. Underlying bone fracture and or ligament/tendon injury can't be excluded. ...Read more

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I was gaming for several hours and I woke up with my left thumb bigger than my right. It feels swollen but its not purple or anything.?

I was gaming for several hours and I woke up with my left thumb bigger than my right. It feels swollen but its not purple or anything.?

We'll amputate!: Joke! Naturally if you do any activity for a long period it can cause swelling. Your Left thumb is not in as good shape as your Right one. If you are rRght handed it is not surprising that your right thumb can work longer without trouble. Too much gaming, enough to cause physical symptoms is a big sign that you need to back off some and have other hobbies. Don't be a "1 trick pony." ...Read more

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I have a purple/blue vertical line going down the middle of my left thumb, from the bottom to the top of the nail. Should I be worried?

I have a purple/blue vertical line going down the middle of my left thumb, from the bottom to the top of the nail. Should I be worried?

Nail melanoma: Discoloration of the nail can be benign melanonychia, or represent a melanoma skin cancer.
Hutchinson's sign represents discoloration onto the soft tissue at the proximal nail fold. If the color "bleeds" onto the skin, this can represent a melanoma.
If it is not there is does mean it is not a melanoma however. Always best to have it evaluated. ...Read more

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My thumb pad turns purple and my wrist becomes painful when I put pressure on it. Nothing appears in imaging tests. Does anyone know what this is?

Wrist pain thumb prp: Consider DeQuervains or a variant of Raynaud's an autoimmune phenomena (check sed rate CRP) or a anomaly of the radial artery (check doppler arterial study-) especially if it was instrumented at one time. Consider MRI of wrist may have cyst impinging on vessal f/u with doc rheumatologist ...Read more

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Sliced into my thumb with a spiked crab claw 2 weeks ago. Beginning to heal closed but still hurts and tingly. Should it still be? Slightly purple 2.

Sliced into my thumb with a spiked crab claw 2 weeks ago. Beginning to heal closed but still hurts and tingly. Should it still be? Slightly purple 2.

Can be: This injury may still be somewhat tender after two weeks. Some superficial nerve injury causing tingling takes even longer to heal. If there's persistent significant pain or tenderness or if there's swelling and increasing redness, a physician should evaluate your thumb. ...Read more

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I’ve noticed the base of my thumb nails are turning purple/blue, what would cause this? The thumbs haven’t been injured at all

I’ve noticed the base of my thumb nails are turning purple/blue, what would cause this? The thumbs haven’t been injured at all

Nail cyanosis??: Could be possible and can be caused by a number of medical conditions some serious some less so.
https://www. Healthline. Com/symptom/blue-fingernails

The commonest in a female your age would be raynauds syndrome. Please see your doctor for specific diagnosis and management. ...Read more

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I smashed my thumb today between a metal pipe and an I beam and it cut me right around the cuticle and now it's throbbing and there is slight purple?

I smashed my thumb today between a metal pipe and an I beam and it cut me right around the cuticle and now it's throbbing and there is slight purple?

Need an X-ray: It could be just bruised but finger tip injuries, especially crush or "smash" injuries, need X-ray to rule out fracture. A fracture there is very serious so please get the X-ray. ...Read more

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Help with throbbing thumb pain an slight purple color under part of nail?

Help with throbbing thumb pain an slight purple color under part of nail?

Mashed your thumb?: Sounds like a minor injury. Pain should gradually subside. Dark color in nail will slowly be carried to the edge of the nail and shed off. ...Read more

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My mothers right thumb tip has begun to turn purple, she has no symptoms or pain just the discoloration. Should she see a doctor?

Yes.: This could be something very serious like a blood clotting problem, ruptured tendon, low oxygen, or circulation problem. It can also be due to simple problems which can be ignored and will heal. Your best plan is to get a diagnosis so you will know what to do. ...Read more

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I smashed my thumb in the jeep door it turned blue immediately and now the meat side is turning purple, throbbing, swelling what to do?

I smashed my thumb in the jeep door it turned blue immediately and now the meat side is turning purple, throbbing, swelling what to do?

Contusion: Apply ice and get checked in the hospital emergency room and have the thumb examined and possibly xrayed. If blood collects under the nail it causes severe pain and occasionally has to be drained by making a hole in the nail although it isn't usually done immediately. ...Read more

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I'm 30. The part of nail plate above lunula in both thumbs looks a bit purple-ish. Don't smoke, no fungus. Could feeling cold cause this? What is cause?

I'm 30. The part of nail plate above lunula in both thumbs looks a bit purple-ish. Don't smoke, no fungus. Could feeling cold cause this? What is cause?

See MD: You need a full history and clinical exam. The differential diagnosis can be from simple vasospasm from being cold, to cyanosis, to other problems. If you are short of breath with exertion I would seek care immediately in the ER. Otherwise if you feel fine see MD. ...Read more

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Tip of thumb to the bottom of the palm is swollen, palm is purple the joint red bent it backward. Thumb is numb. In a stabilizer. Is it sprained?

Call Hand Specialist: It sounds like you should see a physician immediately. It sounds like you had a significant hyperextension injury to your thumb and you may have torn some of the ligaments that support your thumb because of the amount of swelling and redness. A doctor needs to check the blood flow to your thumb and assess any possible nerve damage, and any possible fracture/dislocation. ER if high energy injury. ...Read more

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Tip of thumb to bottom of palm is swollen, palm purple, joint red I bent it backward. Thumb is numb. In a stabilizer. Is it sprained? Btw been 3 days.

Tip of thumb to bottom of palm is swollen, palm purple, joint red I bent it backward. Thumb is numb. In a stabilizer. Is it sprained? Btw been 3 days.

Indicative of ser--: --ious injury. Must B evacuated by an orthopedic surgeon since it most likely involves serious ligamentous injury that if not treated can't cause lifelong problems.

Get in & B Cn! ...Read more

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thumb keeps turning purple right above the first joint and is sore and tight feeling when I bend it. It comes and goes, is it a broken blood vessel?

thumb keeps turning purple right above the first joint and is sore and tight feeling when I bend it. It comes and goes, is it a broken blood vessel?

Not a bruise: If it comes and goes. Must be reversible blood flow issue. Most commonly it is RAYNAUD"S PHENOMENA from variation in blood flow often due to cold exposure. ...Read more

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My 79 yr. Old mom has been having dizzy spells with her left thumb turning cold and purple. She has has CT and been checked up an my mom has been checked out through various scans but nothing comes up neg.

My 79 yr. Old mom has been having dizzy spells with her left thumb turning cold and purple. She has has CT and been checked up an my mom has been checked out through various scans but nothing comes up neg.

A: A cold, purple digit (finger, thumb, or toe) often indicates a problem with blood supply. Blood vessels can be affected by a lot of things, including inflammatory and rheumatologic conditions (such as vasculitis or raynaud's syndrome), or degenerative changes, such as atherosclerosis. It is difficult to relate many of these causes to other things that cause dizziness, but when an upper limb is involved, one's mind tends to consider a condition such as subclavian steal syndrome. Disorders suspicious for blood vessel involvement can often be checked by ultrasound, which is a (fairly) inexpensive and (fairly) comfortable test.

Dizziness in older people is a dangerous symptom, because it can often lead to falls. Complications resulting from falls are the leading cause of death from injury in those older than age 65, and the fifth leading cause of death in older adults. Dizziness and falls in older people have a large number of causes, many of which aren't easily fixed. But, there is very good medical evidence that physical therapy (pt) involving exercise (gait, balance, strength, flexibility, movement, general physical activity, and endurance) reduce the rate of falls and the risk of falling.

It is important to get these issues checked out. A good first step would be a primary care (internal medicine or family practice) doctor, who could help to determine whether the problem needs consultation by a rheumatologist, neurologist, or vascular surgeon, and who can arrange physical therapy consultation to reduce the risk of falls. ...Read more

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My husband popped a blood vessel in his thumb, its purplish blackish and he thinks he might be intern all bleeding.

My husband popped a blood vessel in his thumb, its purplish blackish and he thinks he might be intern all bleeding.

Was it trauma?: If so probably clotted blood particularly if under finger nail = pcp can drain same ; probably save nail- don't wait! ...Read more

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Fell and hurt my hand swelled up and gone abit purple what should I do hurts a lot help?

Broken wrist?: Is very common fracture. The pain and swelling in the forearm are the common symptoms. There are many treatment choices for the broken wrist, but first you should see your pcp or urgent care doctor for evaluation, x-ray and appropriate referral.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Hand swells turns purple done went to dr they think it some syndrome but not sure help please.

Hand swells turns purple done went to dr they think it some syndrome but not sure help please.

Reynauds Syndrome?: This is characterized by hand/finger pain, color change upon exposure to cold temperature. ...Read more

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Barely hit my hand/fingers & the vein/vessel burst, stings, hurts & then turns purple. I'm in my 30's & had this since a child. Why? What causes it?

Barely hit my hand/fingers & the vein/vessel burst, stings, hurts & then turns purple. I'm in my 30's & had this since a child. Why? What causes it?

Vein bursting: If you are experiencing increasing amounts of bruising, there are a few concerns. One would be if your blood is unusually thin. This can be because of low platelets (the clotting cell of your blood) or a decrease in the amounts of clotting factors. You should discuss this with your doctor as simple blood tests can diagnosis this. There can also be structural problems with the veins causing this. ...Read more

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My entire left hand is purple/blue and it's cold. What could this mean? I haven't been in the cold outside, just at school in cold classrooms.

My entire left hand is purple/blue and it's cold. What could this mean? I haven't been in the cold outside, just at school in cold classrooms.

See details: It may be raynauds disease but there are other causes as well. This needs evaluation and I would urge seeing your family doctor asap. ...Read more