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Reh Hot Knucles
Virus causing hot flashes and lesions (paper cut like) on fingers and knuckles. What can I do to treat the lesions?
Lesions: Do not delay but see your primary doctor. You may also need to see a Rheumatologist. ...Read more
Barley cut thumb cleaned it right after with hot soap water and peroxide but now knuckle hurts real bad what could it be?
Infwction: Sounds like infection despite your efforts call your doctor antibiotics appropriate. ...Read more
Rash on hand from knuckles on hand all the way to end of knuckles. Burns in hot water. Looks like little brown scabs also. What can it be?
See derm: See dermatologist for treatment. This is probably hand eczema but it could be something else. ...Read more
Blood pooling, both feet - outer along talus/tarsals. Edema right foot/hand. Knuckles red or bluish, feet/hands hot/splotchy, big veins w/ activity?
I am not sure what knots are. If this is a infection such as warts or some other growths. You have not mentioned how long you have had this. I suggest a derm consultation for evaluation as this suggestion to evaluate the situation.
Best wishes. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on who's doing it and why. If you're doing it as a nervous habit, then it's likely not doing you any good. If it's a do (or even a chiropractor) doing it to treat a specific problem, then it can be a good thing. Think of it like a pill. The right pill for the right thing can be good while the same pill for the wrong thing can be bad. ...Read more
White knuckles: The reasons for white knuckles are many. If the skin is thick or scaling it may appear white when the fingers are slightly flexed. If the knuckles are white when the fingers are straightened it maybe decreased blood in the area especially if the fingers are swollen. Anemia can also cause white knuckles when the fingers are bent. ...Read more
Don't bother: Most of the terrible things we've heard about cracking knuckles are myths. Not that it is a good thing, but there's little evidence that it is a bad thing. Either way, the more you try, the harder you try, the more pissed you get---that will accomplish something: he'll do it more. ...Read more
Trying to self -diagnose - seek medical eval.
X-rays can be used to rule out fractures. ...Read more
You can't: This is an annoying habit to parents and telling the child only causes persistence. My experience with young patients is that they often have other behavioral symptoms that indicate an irritable brain. In most cases it is related to "junk" particularly the incredible ingestgion of sodas and all forms of sugar. ...Read more
MD appt.: You definitely need an orthopedic evaluation and x-rays. ...Read more
Crack, Pop, Crunch..: Yeah. For everyone around you. It's annoying- and makes you look nervous or uncomfortable. It's like cracking your gum all the time. And yes, it can put chronic strain on the joint capsules and lead to laxity and maybe even some arthritis down the line. Every now and then, OK (like once or twice an hour; or just before a fight). Otherwise knock it off. Try tightly clenching your fists instead. ...Read more
Sure it's calluses?: Callus formation is typically due to chronic mechanical pressure on an area of skin. Be sure of the diagnosis with your physician. It may be warts or other skin conditions that can mimic callouses. For calluses filing down the dead layer of skin after soaking them in warm water with epsom salts works well and should not cause any pain. ...Read more
Splinting.: Sometimes it needs to be surgically fixed - but it needs to splinted in extension. See your orthopedic surgeon for possible ligament damage. ...Read more
I am not sure: The study of 300 people how cracks there fingers, -cracking was not associated with arthritis, it was associated with damage to ligaments that surround the joint and dislocation of tendons. There may also be a connection with soft tissue injuries. There is no real benefit either from cracking your knuckles and/or joints. ...Read more
Dry skin: The pigmentation is probably due to extremely dry skin or a reaction to friction. Hyperkeratosis is a thickening of the skin that occurs to protect it against rubbing, pressure and irritation. It is due to excessive accumulation of keratin in the outer layers of the skin. Use moisturizers first and if no results, contact me :] it may take 2-3 months before you see any improvement. ...Read more
Knuckle cracking: I am not sure anyone knows for sure, but the phenomenon is thought to be related to gas (maybe carbon dioxide) forming bubbles in the synovial fluid from your joints, being released suddenly upon manipulation. There is no evidence to support that it causes arthritis or any other sequelae. ...Read more
I hope this will: The single most classic behavioral method is to wrap a rubber band around your wrist. When you notice you are about to crack your knuckles pull back on the rubber band and release. The tiny bit of pain will remind you not to crack. ...Read more