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Sudden Swollen Blue Area On Thumb Base
The area under the knuckle of my R thumb turns different colors. It's turned blue, purple, and green. Ive had it forever and it's swollen but no pain?
Thumb discolored.: Consider Raynaud's & a vascular eval.Get a more detailed answer ›
Experience intense sharp pain, sudden difficulties moving rt. thumb. looks black & blue in the joint area feeling cold and swollen. what could this be?
Get it looked @ ASAP: I take it you have had an injury, from your description you have either a large hematoma of the thumb or have lost the blood supplyeither way it needs attention. ...Read more
Could be infection: This sounds like an infection, especially if you pick at your cuticles, have dry, cracked skin, or chew your nails (but even if you don't infection can occur). See your doctor promptly and have this treated (may need drainage and antibiotics). ...Read more
My thumb is very sore at the base of the nail. Feels like a smashed it, but didn't. Not swollen either but sore to the touch. Could this be a pimple?
See a dermatologist: There are several things that can cause what you describe. Having a dermatologist examine you would deb your best first step. This could be something called a gloms tumor (benign) but really needs to be examined to be sure. A biopsy may also be necessary to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more
I fell and hurt my thumb. I'm unable to grasp tightly and the base of the thumb is swollen. I can move the thumb around however. What should I do?
Should consult doc: It is is possible that you only sustained a significant contusion/sprain to your hand from the fall, but injury to/at the base of the thumb is a bit concerning for a scaphoid bone fracture. Fracture of other bones in the hand is not as concerning because of the unique blood-supply here : fracture across this bone severs the blood supply. Thus, i recomend seeing doc for an eval/treatment. Good luck. ...Read more
I was getting ready to go out and my right thumb became painful. The pad of the thumb is all black and blue, a bit swollen and tingly. 10 minutes ago there was nothing wrong. Do I need to see a doctor?
RightOutOfTheBlk&Blu: Yes, unless your thumb got banged by an invisible painless hammer, you should see a doctor. Of course, a lot more needs to be known about you, like any chronic illness, what medications you take,what types of activities or work you engage in, etc. But at your age a painful blue (or pale) thumb that just comes out of nowhere is concerning and you should make sure your heart and blood vessels are OK ...Read more
What might cause the right thumb to become swollen and painful? No injury, pain generates at the base of the joint just above the wrist and, has knot?
I jamed my thumb two weeks ago last Saturday the base is still red swollen and has limited motion do I need to go todr? Have had thumb injury inthe pastand now ittends tosprain butnormallyheals fast
Injured my thumb two years ago. It's still swollen and painful at the base. The doctor did't see anything and didn't do x-ray. Why do I still have it?
Xray and exam: I would recommend a new exam and an xray. You could have a soft tissue problem too. ...Read more
My thumb hit with the ball and swollen.iam able to move my thumbs base joint but no the upper joint please tell me some remedies to reduce pain&swell?
I fell and landed on my left hand. It's been five days and its still swollen at the base of my thumb. Could it be more then a sprain?
Could be: Sprains are likely, but fractures are also possible. .You should see your doctor. If your pain continues. ...Read more
Fell Feb14, was xrayed=no fx, tho doc thought it looked broken. Injury is to thumb joint more distal (not at base of thumb) still swollen/painful?
Hit his hand on outside a sore thumb on inside base thumb swollen hurts to bend thumb- should we wrap it and leave to see if it gets better?
My 2 year old son thumb nail looks infected, it has yellow puss that has been coming out cause it all crusted up around base part, and swollen?
Time for visit: It does sound infected and you can sometimes help it by using peroxide to clean the area along with warm soaks. If it has been there for a while and you have done this already, an office visit for additional evaluation and treatment would be worthwhile.Some of these need to be drained in the office. ...Read more
Thumb/wrist frozen solid after cast removal 2 weeks ago for broken thumb(first metacarpal at the base).Thumb is still swollen/sensitive. What's wrong?
Playing basketball.Was hit on my left hand thumb from the nail side.Thumb has swollen excessively & gone blue.I have taken brufen. Not much pain thoug?
Contusion,sprain, fx: A blue discoloration usually represents bruising, implying bleeding beneath the skin. Bruising comes from 3 sources with a trauma such as yours- a simple contusion, a ligament sprain or a fracture. If minimal pain, then i would lean towards this being a contusion. Rest, ice and elevate the hand. If improving, only observation is required. If the pain worsens, then an eval. And x-ray would be wise. ...Read more
I have a sore hand from when i slipped a few days ago and it is swollen and so is my thumb and it is blue just wondering if it is broken or fractured and i cant bend my wrist?
Yes: yes can be fractured see DoctorGet a more detailed answer ›
At MMA last night, injured thumb. Now base of thumb swollen & bruised and feels stiff. Is it fractured? Is it worth wasting hospital time?
Xray for answer: A simple Xray would determine whether or not you have a fracture at the base of the swollen thumb. Direct palpation (squeezing) of the bone suspected to be fractured is also a great clinical way to determine presence of a fracture. gently squeeze injured bone in a grid type fashion with opposing thumb and index finger. If sudden increase in specific point pain-- highly suspicious for fracture. ...Read more
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