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Hi, I have had the swelling on the back of hand not palm for 3 days now, and it itches occasionally ?

Hi, I have had the swelling on the back of hand not palm for 3 days now, and it itches occasionally ?

Hand swelling: Hand swelling not due to injury or an insect bite and with associated itching suggests angioedema which is an allergic reaction. However this type of swelling generally subsides after 24 hours or so. For this reason I feel an insect bite is more likely in your case. If the hand swelling persists, becomes painful or develops redness, have a physician examine you for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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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


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Punched a wall. Pinky seems a lil crooked, and slight swelling in the back of hand area below ring and pinky fingers. Fist can be clenched. Fracture ?

Punched a wall. Pinky seems a lil crooked, and slight swelling in the back of hand area below ring and pinky fingers. Fist can be clenched. Fracture ?

Boxers Fracture: You have likely fractured the head of your 5th metacarpal neck with possible displacement and angulation. Do not use your hand, protect it and visit an Orthopaedic Surgeon in clinic. You need x-rays and splinting until an ortho has a chance to schedule you for a closed reduction of the fracture (putting it back in place) and then percutaneous pinning, casting, or in some cases operative fixation. ...Read more

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I have an itchy rash, pain & swelling on my chest, lips, back & hands after sun exposure. I take meds that cause photo sensitivity. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is not he?

I have an itchy rash, pain & swelling on my chest, lips, back & hands after sun exposure. I take meds that cause photo sensitivity. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is not he?

Avoid prolonged: Sun exposure, use sunscreen. You may have 'solar urticaria', a sort of physical urticaria, and can be precipitated by meds causing photosensitivity. If Benadryl (diphenhydramine) doesn't work, try cetirizine or loratadine, at any rate avoidance is the key. You can also try hydrocortisone cream 1% OTC. You need to see a dermatologist if problem worsens or persists, good luck ...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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Severe pins & needles both hands then spread to upper underarms one more than other as I got up my partner noticed swelling over one side of my back?

Severe pins & needles both hands then spread to upper underarms one more than other as I got up my partner noticed swelling over one side of my back?

Parathesias: Would go to ER today . Would evaluate for possible stroke ( both sides unusual), MS, transverse myelitis, may also be from cervical disc disease, may be Lyme, West Nile, if in your country, but the progression, is of concern and you are 44 years old. Go to ER . ...Read more

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How long before pain and swelling from acupuncture go away. When will i feel better? (hands/upper back/shoulders done)

How long before pain and swelling from acupuncture go away. When will i feel better? (hands/upper back/shoulders done)

Swelling?: I think you had other problems with your acupuncture too (earlier question). It sounds like a negative experience. I have never seen swelling due to acupuncture. Although it can occur when an ashi point in piquered or with korean scraping techniques. Pain can sometimes be a positive reaction (a change) and usually resolves within 2 to 3 days. Are you seeing an experienced acupuncturist? ...Read more

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I have started taking Paxil (paroxetine) 10mg 2 days back . Have developed swelling on my face and hands. Should I quit paxil (paroxetine)?

I have started taking Paxil (paroxetine) 10mg 2 days back . Have developed swelling on my face and hands. Should I quit paxil (paroxetine)?

Yes: I would recommend to stop the paxil, (paroxetine) call your doctor in the morning. Take 10 mg of certrizine now and if any difficulty breathing or swelling of mouth or throat to the ER. Good luck ...Read more