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Dr. Thomas Namey
2,426 Doctors shared insights

Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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What is the difference between tendonitis and arthritis, I have swelling, and pain, tenderness when pressed on the inside of wrist. No injury.

What is the difference between tendonitis and arthritis, I have swelling, and pain, tenderness when pressed on the inside of wrist. No injury.

Exam will...: Physical examination/ x-rays by an orthopedic surgeon will give u your diagnosis. W/o exam this is obviously just speculation;however dequervain's tendinitis (on the thumb side of your wrist) is more likely without previous trauma to your wrist. If u make a fist over your flexed thumb and angle your hand/ wrist towards your pinkie (finkelstein's test), this is likely tendinitis. ...Read more

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Middle finger joint pain and some swelling. 47 yr old. Arthritis?

Middle finger joint pain and some swelling. 47 yr old. Arthritis?

Get evaluated: You could have arthritis, you need a correct diagnosis and treatment to prevent your condition from getting worse. ...Read more

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Does prednisone significantly reduce swelling for inflammatory arthritis?

Does prednisone significantly reduce swelling for inflammatory arthritis?

Yes but: Yes but just reducing the inflammation and swelling is considered temporary treatment for many diseases causing inflammatory arthritis and long term use has many mild to serious side effects. A Rheumatologist should follow and diagnose a person with inflammatory arthritis taking prednisone. ...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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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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I woke up this morning swollen. My hands and my toes hurts so bad I can't even bend them. What could reduce the swelling and what could be causing it?

Inflammation: Non traumatic Swelling, hands feet, bilaterally indicates either rheumatic disease or reactive inflammation however first possibility is more likely. For now take OTC pain killers like Advil (ibuprofen) and see primary care physician soon. You need Xrays and blood work to name the disease. ...Read more

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I have swelling on my hands after applying mehndi (henna) with chemicals 2 weeks back. Plz tell me how to reduce swelling?

I have swelling on my hands after applying mehndi (henna) with chemicals 2 weeks back. Plz tell me how to reduce swelling?

Bad deal: Looks like you had applied Mehndi with chemical PPD-very toxic. If it has been 2wks and still have swelling of hands Please see your PCP. You may need oral steroids like prednisone besides topical steroids. It can have toxic effect on your entire body. Urgent don't wait ...Read more

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How can I reduce swelling after arm & hand surgery?

How can I reduce swelling after arm & hand surgery?

Depends: You should always expect swelling after surgery. The amount will depend on the surgery itself, the patient, and how aggressively the hand is being used. Strict hand elevation, wrapping, and anti-inflammatories (only if ok with your surgeon) can help minimize swelling. Hand therapists can also be very helpful in controlling post-operative swelling. ...Read more

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I have swollen glands in my hands. How do I reduce the swelling?

I have swollen glands in my hands. How do I reduce the swelling?

Hmm strange: Yuor hands don't have glands in them so I do not know what is swollen. I think you need to consult a doctor about this as it makes no sense. Swollen hands can be from many things but swollen glands suggests you have a mass. ...Read more

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I got a pink and a bit sore on both of my hand palm, mostly when I use water on it, what could it be? Over using it? How can I reduce the swelling?

I got a pink and a bit sore on both of my hand palm, mostly when I use water on it, what could it be? Over using it? How can I reduce the swelling?

Irritant: Too much hand washing irritates the skin. Try soap like dove and avoid scented and anti-bacterial ones. Wash hands only when necessary and the apply a moisturizer immediately after and see it this helps. (wearing non-latex gloves can only reduce water contact). ...Read more

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93 yr old male swollen lft hand contuinous for three weeks or more. Have put hand in sling and iced swelling reduces but he refuses to do for any helpful length of time, and will not get treatment my brother and I are at an impasse please help.

93 yr old male swollen lft hand contuinous for three weeks or more. Have put hand in sling and iced swelling reduces but he refuses to do for any helpful length of time, and will not get treatment my brother and I are at an impasse please help.

First: First even if you can't find out right away what is causing the swelling, having it a sling is probably not helping

a sling keeps the hand dependent and below heart level thus increasing swelling.

Even if you raise the hand up in the sling then your elbow is flexed also impairing drainage.
Its best to
elevate the hand on pillows on your chest or abdomen while lying down or try to keep you fingers pointed to the ceiling. Do not put your hand over your head while sleeping

next motion, making a full
fist and fully owning the hand helps prevent swelling and congestion.

Ice is good for swelling but one must be carefu with ice in vascular insufficiency problems or after vascular repair. ...Read more

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I have swelling, redness, and pain in my left hand. It is warm to touch and difficult to move. I have taken ibuprofen which has reduced some pain.

I have swelling, redness, and pain in my left hand. It is warm to touch and difficult to move. I have taken ibuprofen which has reduced some pain.

Have it checked: You may have injured it somehow but your symptoms may also indicate an infection. See your physician who can make the diagnosis and suggest treatment. Don't wait too long.
Good Luck ...Read more

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What causes swollen hands, feet, and ankles? Not reduced with diuretic only prednisone. Swelling inbetween finger joints not the joints themselves.

What causes swollen hands, feet, and ankles? Not reduced with diuretic only prednisone. Swelling inbetween finger joints not the joints themselves.

Inflammation: Sounds like inflammation. Must search for cause. Rule out food sensitivity. About 10 percent of population can be sensitive to nightshades, about 30-40 percent can be sensitive to gluten and casein. Other more common food sensitivities include soy, corn, beef, etc. Consider food elimination for at least 2-3 months. Leigh wagner, rd is a good dietitian who can help by phone: 913-588-6208. ...Read more

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What can I do to reduce the swelling and pain from my toe with ingrown nail?

What can I do to reduce the swelling and pain from my toe with ingrown nail?

Podiatrist: If you have significant swelling - recommend seeing a podiatrist promptly. ...Read more

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How to reduce swelling in finger after a kittens claw under nail?

How to reduce swelling in finger after a kittens claw under nail?

Infection:UC/ER: Unfortunately a cat claw scratch under a nail is problematic since the cat's claws are contaminated from the litter box and licking. Start on topical Neosporin ointment or triple antibiotic ointment and then get to a physician for antibiotic coverage. ...Read more

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Hit top of finger by nail with hammer. Bottom of finger quite swollen and black. Do not think it is broken. What can be done to reduce swelling?

Hit top of finger by nail with hammer. Bottom of finger quite swollen and black. Do not think it is broken. What can be done to reduce swelling?

Paperclip: Bend paper clip to have a straight end. Secure with a clamp or pliers so you can hold over a flame until red-hot. Press into the nail until the blood runs out from under the nail. You have a crush injury so it will be sore ; swollen for a few days, longer if the bone was crushed. The black color will gradually be shed off the end in 6 months. The small, round hole will reach the end of the nail so. ...Read more

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Can the whitlow on my right thumb dry up and go without being incised? I have been on Ampiclox tid for 7 days and the pain and swelling has reduced

Can the whitlow on my right thumb dry up and go without being incised? I have been on Ampiclox tid for 7 days and the pain and swelling has reduced

Maybe: Whitlow can resolve on its own if the infection comes close to the surface of the skin, and spontaneously makes its own "incision." some types of whitlow (like herpetic whitlow) are from a virus, and no surgery is recommended. Good luck; I know these are painful! ...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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Ganglion cyst wrist surgery swelling. How to reduce this?

Ganglion cyst wrist surgery swelling. How to reduce this?

Scar massage: Swelling following surgery is quite common. Stiffness is also a common complaint. Physical therapy (or hand therapy) can be beneficial in improving wrist motion and swelling. Scar massage and desensitization exercises can be helpful to reduce swelling and sensitivity. ...Read more

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6 days I hurt my middle forearm its swollen and my fingers are I can move my arm when I move my wrist towards me it hurts how can I reduce swelling?

6 days I hurt my middle forearm its swollen and my fingers are I can move my arm when I move my wrist towards me it hurts how can I reduce swelling?

Elevation: Of an injured area above the level of the heart is the most effective way to reduce swelling and pain. RICE is the recommended treatment for an injured limb:
R = rest
I = ice (apply 15-20 minutes every 1-2 hours)
C = compression (eg. Wrapping with ace bandage)
E = elevation (above the level of the heart) ...Read more

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Can you have arthritis without swelling or would you not notice swelling?

Yes: There are numerous arthritic disorder in which there may be no swelling. Osteoarthritis is one. ...Read more

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What happens when arthritis knee swelling doesn't go away?

What happens when arthritis knee swelling doesn't go away?

See details: You should see a rheumatologist or orthopedist and get it diagnosed and treated. ...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


Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more