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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

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I get tingle/numbness sensation in my left hand and pain/possible swelling in the right when I lay on my right side but not on left side or on back.

I get tingle/numbness sensation in my left hand and pain/possible swelling in the right when I lay on my right side but not on left side or on back.

Neurologist: The problem which is positional, could be due to pinched nerves at the wrist(carpal tunnel syndrome) or impingement of a nerve or nerve root at the neck by a bulging disc or spur on a neck vertebra, but the latter conditions wouldn't affect both upper extremities. A neurologist is best qualified to evaluate you and order the appropriate tests. ...Read more

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After lifting dresser bent over with right hand. Pain and swelling in mid lower back. What do I do. It's been 5 days.

After lifting dresser bent over with right hand. Pain and swelling in mid lower back. What do I do. It's been 5 days.

As long as there are: No shooting pains or weakness in your legs it is likely a pulled or strained muscle. Anti-inflammatory meds like Ibuprofen or Naproxen can help. Take as directed. The swelling more concerning. If pain worsens or same intensity last more than 2 weeks should consult orthopedic surgeon for exam and mri. Can take 6 weeks to completely heal. ...Read more

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I have pain in the back of both hands as well as stiffness, tingling, and swelling in my 3rd, 4th, and 5th fingers what do I do?

I have pain in the back of both hands as well as stiffness, tingling, and swelling in my 3rd, 4th, and 5th fingers what do I do?

Let me explain: To have those symptoms means to me you have two problems, one in the neck area and the other i the hand area, go and check it out .Good luck. ...Read more

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I have mottled skin on my lower back, left side, about the size of my hand. No pain, itching, swelling. Has been there for about a month. Ideas?

I have mottled skin on my lower back, left side, about the size of my hand. No pain, itching, swelling. Has been there for about a month. Ideas?

Mottled skin: You may have an ecchymosis - a spot of bleeding under the skin with diameter larger than 1 cm . It is similar to hematoma, commonly called a bruise. Most commonly, it coould be harmless caused by unnoticed trauma but may be harbinger of more serious diseases such as purpura, and hemophilia. If it doesn't resolve or you get more eruptions see your doctor. ...Read more

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I've been having sporadic pain in my left ring finger and the back of my hand between the ring and little finger when using my hand. No swelling.

I've been having sporadic pain in my left ring finger and the back of my hand between the ring and little finger when using my hand. No swelling.

May be tendon: This sounds more like a tendon structure. Your physician can help evaluate this and if necessary see an hand physician or a rheumatologist. Occupational therapy can help control this discomfort. You need to discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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I had a forearm surgery for my left arm 3 days ago, and my arm and hand is swelling. How long will my arm and hand to go back to its normal size? Thx

I had a forearm surgery for my left arm 3 days ago, and my arm and hand is swelling. How long will my arm and hand to go back to its normal size? Thx

That depends: On the type of surgery, how well you can recover, any medications you may be taking, if you are keeping it elevated often, resting it, have a cast on it, etc. Etc. Call the surgeon, and then all your questions would be better answered as they are familiar with your case. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have a visible swelling on the right hand side of my lower abdomen, it's more obvious when i lay on my back. Pls what could it be?

I have a visible swelling on the right hand side of my lower abdomen, it's more obvious when i lay on my back. Pls what could it be?

Not certain: The swelling may be related to internal healing following your appendix surgery, or may be something else like a hernia. You should have it checked, particularly if it is painful or the swelling does not go away when you change position. ...Read more

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Back of hand at nuckle stuck by natal plumb sticker through glove. Slight swelling and tenderness, no redness. Topical ointments or ice?

Back of hand at nuckle stuck by natal plumb sticker through glove. Slight swelling and tenderness, no redness. Topical ointments or ice?

Hand injury: Hi, ice is a good idea, also Ibuprofen (if no contraindication), if there is an open skin cut then Triple Antibiotics ointment, also need to see a doctor for Xray to rule out fracture and also possible tetanus Vaccine. Good luck. ...Read more

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