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Experience intense sharp pain, sudden difficulties moving rt. thumb. Looks black & blue in the joint area feeling cold and swollen. What could this be?

Experience intense sharp pain, sudden difficulties moving rt. thumb. Looks black & blue in the joint area feeling cold and swollen. What could this be?

Ans: Well depends on really need more history. Soubds like you injured the thumb at some time what kind of work do you do? Best to see your doctor for exam and good history ...Read more

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Hand and thumb swollen and blue without injury. What is going on?

Hand and thumb swollen and blue without injury. What is going on?

Raynaud's disease: I need more info, but based on your description you could have a condition called raynaud's disease, especially if that happens after exposure to cold water and/or exposure to cold weather, this is better discussed with your regular physician. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if my thumb is blue, swollen and I can't move it dose that mean its cracked?

Could you tell me if my thumb is blue, swollen and I can't move it dose that mean its cracked?

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

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My thumb is swollen and tender at the base of my cuticle, under the skin. What could this be?

My thumb is swollen and tender at the base of my cuticle, under the skin. What could this be?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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 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

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Bony accessory: Hello, if you feel a lump around the area, bony accessories in that area are very common. And if it close to one of the joints it can cause inflammation and that can give you swelling and pain, see a doctor you might need the bone accessory removed. ...Read more

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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

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

The answer is yes: You should get to a doctor. I would have expected some significant healing by now. You should get a Xray at least if not an MRI to document the possibility of bony or soft tissue injury. ...Read more

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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?

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?

R.I.C.E: Rest, ice, compression (splinting) and elevation PLUS the judicious use of either Advil (ibuprofen) or Ibuprofen if you are not allergic to these medications. If pain is severe, I suggest UC or ER for x rays. ...Read more

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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 than a sprain?

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 than a sprain?

Could be: Sprains are likely, but fractures are also possible. . You should see your doctor. If your pain continues. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Thumb is important: Thumb is the most important digit in the hand.
My advice have it X-ray and if there is no fractured, there is a lot of splints for the thumb to rest it.
do not gamble with the thumb. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Thumb and wrist: See your Orthopedist and have him exam you and take new X-rays and maybe an MRI if indicated. How did you break your thumb and 1st MT??? It might be that you fractured more than your thumb and 1st MC. ...Read more

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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?

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

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At MMA last night, injured thumb. Now base of thumb swollen & bruised and feels stiff. Is it fractured? Is it worth wasting hospital time?

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 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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Thumb and area of hand right below thumb are swollen and throbbing. Have it wrapped and helping.

Thumb and area of hand right below thumb are swollen and throbbing. Have it wrapped and helping.

Paranyxhia: Sounds like infection or inflammation in the tissue around the nail bed. Hot compress and anti inflammatory like Advil or aleve (naproxen) might help. If does not get better or you see any underlying yellow/green color may need to be slit open to drain the pus. See your physician you may need antibiotic also ...Read more

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Jammed thumb while playing ball. Cannot bend wo pain and joint area is swollen even after 3 days. Is it srs? How to help it recover faster?

Jammed thumb while playing ball. Cannot bend wo pain and joint area is swollen even after 3 days. Is it srs? How to help it recover faster?

Thumb pain: You have to make sure you don't have a fracture or more important an ulnar collateral ligament tear which would require surgery. You should consult a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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I have a swollen itchy thumb the area is painful now because I irritated the area. I am having the same problem on left foot. It feels hard both areas?

I have a swollen itchy thumb the area is painful now because I irritated the area. I am having the same problem on left foot. It feels hard both areas?

? Dactylitis: Swollen finger and toes could indicate dactylitis is especially if it looks like a sausage. It would be nice if you send a picture. Other considerations include serious infections and inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid and reactive arthritis. These conditions can sometimes cause rapid joint destruction and need to be evaluated urgently. ...Read more

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I hit my thumb on a stainless steel metal cooler at work (fast food) today playing around. The area is swollen and is sore to the touch.

I hit my thumb on a stainless steel metal cooler at work (fast food) today playing around. The area is swollen and is sore to the touch.

Traum to thumb: F of unknown age, ethnicity, medical Hx or Medication Hx hit thumb on stainless steel cooler at work. Now swollen and sore to touch. ANS: most likely bruised the area. Ask your Dr. what is going on and what to do. I would be more careful playing sound. ...Read more

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Wed. Gym 2 hrs that included hand weights. Aft class saw spasm in pad area under thumb. Now swollen. Few Spasms. Mild pain no bruise. Tx? Gym okay?

Wed. Gym 2 hrs that included hand weights. Aft class saw spasm in pad area under thumb. Now swollen.  Few Spasms. Mild pain no bruise. Tx?  Gym okay?

Thumb swelling: Can go to gym but don't lift weights with that hand. Let it heal. If not allergic consider motrin 200 mg 2 tabs 3 x a day x 10,days also try kinesiotape on the thumb you can get it in CVS. Ice 5 minute 3 x a day, consider thumb spica splint(CVS). F/u w/ doc re sprain dislocation may need x-ray. ...Read more

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Fall onto hand, swollen thumb and palm area, is it a broken scaphoid, have broke same scaphoid twice before the 2nd time never got it checked out?

Fall onto hand, swollen thumb and palm area, is it a broken scaphoid, have broke same scaphoid twice before the 2nd time never got it checked out?

X-ray : A simple x-ray of the scaphoid should answer your question... With a follow up one week later if negative to rule out an occult fracture. ...Read more

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I hit my hand on a chair, and now the area around my thumb and on my wrist is swollen and bruised and very painful.

I hit my hand on a chair, and now the area around my thumb and on my wrist is swollen and bruised and very painful.

Possible contusion: Sounds like a contusion or bruise. But what might appear to be a simple force could be enough to sprain a joint or break a bone. Be sure to see your doctor for an evaluation and possibly x-rays. Just to be sure. ...Read more