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I have red swollen thumb really sore. It's also inflamed. Doc has prescribed amoxicillin but I don't like antibios. Any suggestions?

I have red swollen thumb really sore. It's also inflamed. Doc has prescribed amoxicillin but I don't like antibios. Any suggestions?

See below: Untreated skin infections can cause serious problems and over a thumb, I would worry about it causing an infection in your thumb joint which is a serious condition where it can lead surgery to save your thumb joint. Call your prescribing doctor and discuss your concerns with him or her especially if you decide not to take the amoxicillin. ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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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Swollen thumb from hammering. What to do?

Swollen thumb from hammering. What to do?

Stop hammering: Rest, ice, elevation possibly, and ansaids (flurbiprofen) if tolerated. ...Read more

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I constantly have a swollen thumb. Could I have a syndrome?

I constantly have a swollen thumb. Could I have a syndrome?

Swollen thumb: Syndrome of poliicus ginormus? Unlikley, but you couldhave an infection, gout, tendonitis, arthritis or another acquired condition. Finally there is a real condition called macrodactyly that give enraged tissues but you'd have that form a very young age. ...Read more

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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 daughter has a swollen thumb I think she's been bitten?

My daughter has a swollen thumb I think she's been bitten?

Swollen thumb: See your doctor to determine whether it is a bite or an infection. ...Read more

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I have a swollen thumb. What should I get to reduce the swelling?

I have a swollen thumb. What should I get to reduce the swelling?

Ice and Elevation: Ice and elevate your thumb for temporary relief. Determine the cause to prevent the thumb from swelling again. ...Read more

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What could be causing a swollen thumb if there is no known trauma?

Infection/arthritis: The most common causes would be an inflammation of a joint or tendon, or an infection. ...Read more

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What are treatments for a swollen thumb?

What are treatments for a swollen thumb?

Find the cause first: Problems can range from tendinitis, infection, arthritis, trauma, ligament sprain, gout, tumor, tenosynovitis either septic or aseptic, systemic fluid retention, tight bandage, and others. ...Read more

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What causes a swollen thumb?

What causes a swollen thumb?

Many causes.: There are many potential causes and a good history and exam will helps to determine the answer. For example is this a tumor? Is it lymphatic or vascular congestion? Positional? Work related? Congenital? Constrictive due to ring wear? Due to bone, skin, fat, nerves, vessels?, etc. ...Read more

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How do you treat a swollen thumb?

How do you treat a swollen thumb?

R.I.C.E.: The best way to treat any swelling is rest, ice, compression and elevation. If the swelling is from an injury I would recommend and xray to make sure you do not have a fracture. ...Read more

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What can be done for a swollen thumb?

What can be done for a swollen thumb?

Find cause then rx: I would first identify the cause prior to blindly treati g withou knowing more. For example is this a tumor? Is it lymphatic or vascular congestion? Positional? Work related? Congenital? Constrictive due to ring wear? Due to bone, skin, fat, nerves, vessels?, etc. ...Read more

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What should I do about a swollen thumb?

What should I do about a swollen thumb?

Get a diagnoses: Swelling is a way the body tells us something is wrong. Figure out what is going on then you can treat it. ...Read more

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How can I make a swollen thumb go down?

How can I make a swollen thumb go down?

Conservative RX: Primary initial care would be icing, elevation, anti-inflamatories and range of motion exercises. If no response than seek care as there is potential for other causes such as infection, arthritis or gout. ...Read more

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How do I make a swollen thumb go down fast?

Elevation: I assume there was an injury, if this is the case I would get an xray to make sure there is nothing broken. If you have already done that I would keep the hand elevated and keep the thumb moving. ...Read more

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What causes a swollen thumb that turns hard?

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I have a swollen thumb for over 3 weeks now. What could be causing it?

I have a swollen thumb for over 3 weeks now. What could be causing it?

Several things: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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How can I accelerate the healing process of a swollen thumb?

How can I accelerate the healing process of a swollen thumb?

Treat the cause/rest: You need to find out the cause of the swelling of your thumb and treat appropritely with anti inflammatory drugs if it is due to inflammation or trauma. Other causes are infection and gout, which needs to be treated differentl. And rest by splinting may help as well in some cases. ...Read more

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Sudden swollen thumb. I ate peanut butter and jelly sandwich for dinner. Can this contribute to my symptom? Thanks.

Sudden swollen thumb. I ate peanut butter and jelly sandwich for dinner. Can this contribute to my symptom? Thanks.

Doubtful: PB & J is one of my all-time favorite foods! If you were having an allergic reaction to the peanut butter then I would expect more generalized swelling of the skin, mouth, throat along with itching or hives. Sounds like the two things are unrelated. ...Read more

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Swollen thumb knuckle that clicks & sore?

Swollen thumb knuckle that clicks & sore?

See MD: Definitely not normal. See an MD for evaluation. ...Read more

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What can I do for a bruised/swollen thumb?

What can I do for a bruised/swollen thumb?

Ice, rest, nsaisds: If you have an injured thumb, it should
resolve in a few days with ice, rest, nsaids
if symptoms persist, you might want to
check it out to make sure you don't have
a fracture of a ligament injury. ...Read more

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What can I do to ease the pain from a bruised/swollen thumb?

What can I do to ease the pain from a bruised/swollen thumb?

Ice lopcally&motrin: If it is recent use ice locally, and you can take ibuprophen (motrin) or Aleve (naproxen) for pain and inflammation. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat a swollen thumb from fish gill prick better?

Puncture wounds from: Fish spines in fins or gills can be really serious. A variety of marine bacteria can be at work including streptococcus iniae and aeromonas and no cholera vibrios. You ought to see a doc if the swelling continues or you have fever or chills. ...Read more

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What does a swollen thumb mean? Left hand.

What does a swollen thumb mean? Left hand.

See your doctor: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all of the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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I have a swollen thumb with yellow-like puss near the nail, what should I do?

Drain immediately: It needs to be drained. This is what is called a paronychia. If not drained it can turn into a much bigger problem affecting the pulp of the finger called a felon. And untreated felon can affect flexor tendons and cause serious problems. Seek out a doctor to drain it and give appropriate anatibiotics. ...Read more

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I have a swollen thumb. I just woke up with it. However it is itchy and throbbing but I have a redish line going up past my wrist now?

Reddish line arm: A reddish line associated with swelling in the thumb or hand or a finger can be sign of inflammation and more severely INFECTION. Infection with increased pain and red streaking the arm also know as ascending lymphangitis is s serious problem that needs treatment, minimally antibiotics very soon and at time surgical decompression if there infection in a closed space. CALL YOUR DOCTOR or GO to ER ...Read more

Hand Swelling (Definition)

What you injured depends on where you stabbed your finger. Regardless, you should apply pressure to the finger to stop the bleeding, but avoid strangulating the finger. Best to seek immediate medical attention to determine ...Read more