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My foot is swollen and warm to touch. What should I do?

My foot is swollen and warm to touch. What should I do?

Seek treatment: Differential diagnosis can include possible stress fracture, gout, infection, tendonitis to name but a few. ...Read more

Swollen Foot (Definition)

Just means fluid is collecting in the tissues. When only 1 foot is swollen, it usually means the cause is local (something going on with in the foot), but if both feet are swollen, it usually means your body is retaining fluid, and the only reason it's showing up in the feet is that gravity thing. If you stood on your head all day, ...Read more


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Left foot swollen, reddish, and warm to touch. Major pain by big toe and heel. Came out of nowhere. Could it be anything other than gout? Thx in advnc

Left foot swollen, reddish, and warm to touch. Major pain by big toe and heel. Came out of nowhere. Could it be anything other than gout? Thx in advnc

INFECTION?: The WHOLE foot is hot, red, swollen, but two major areas of pain? Are you diabetic? No open sores? Can you take your temperature; do you have a fever? It could be gout, but two spots at the same time is unusual. It could be cellulitis, a bacterial infection. A doctor really has to see it to decide; maybe some blood work. ...Read more

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Both feet and ankles are swollen, red, and warm to touch which has gradually gotten worse over three weeks' time. Itching from head to toe no rash?

Both feet and ankles are swollen, red, and warm to touch which has gradually gotten worse over three weeks' time. Itching from head to toe no rash?

Evaluation: From what you have told me, I recommend that you see a physician and have some blood work done to look for systemic reasons for your symptoms. Do the ankles ache as well? ...Read more

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Little toe broken? Swollen and warm to touch, how can I tell?

Little toe broken? Swollen and warm to touch, how can I tell?

Fractured Toe: Needs an x-ray to be able to diagnosed and if not displaced just buddy tape is needed. See your podi. ...Read more

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I have a brown discolored lump on my lower left shin near my ankle. Its swollen, it hurts and warm to touch and causes my ankle to swell. Please help!

I have a brown discolored lump on my lower left shin near my ankle. Its swollen, it hurts and warm to touch and causes my ankle to swell. Please help!

Possible Abscesses: It sounds like you may have some abscesses with or without cellulitis. You may need antibiotics and possible drainage of the abscesses if they are fully formed. In the meantime analgesia like paracetamol and ibuprofen will help but also running the area under hot water and soap as often as it is convenient should help. You should let a doctor take a look at it. ...Read more

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Swollen painful ankle on one side. Warm to touch. Could this be a blood clot?

Swollen painful ankle on one side. Warm to touch. Could this be a blood clot?

Yes: Go to the er and get tested. There are a lot of other things it could be (gout, sprain, infection), but you certainly need to rule out anything life threatening like a clot. ...Read more

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Swollen knee warm to touch?

Swollen knee warm to touch?

Be carefull: With two symptoms you have to be careful, it could infection of the joint, or gout or psudogout, acute rheumatoid arthritis. Please check it out. Good luck. Thank you. ...Read more

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I have a quarter sized bump on my thigh it's red swollen and it's hard warm to touch really hurts what do you think it is?

I have a quarter sized bump on my thigh it's red swollen and it's hard warm to touch really hurts what do you think it is?

Lesion: This might be an abscess - especially if it is growing in size. A medical provider would be able to easily determine if this is an abscess. You can place warm compresses on it but if the lesion is increasing in size, you develop redness of surrounding tissue - then I would recommend prompt medical assessment Take care. ...Read more

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I have had a syst like bump on neck for 1 year never hurt and now hurts and it's warm to touch and swollen what should I do? Go to ER?

I have had a syst like bump on neck for 1 year never hurt and now hurts and it's warm to touch and swollen what should I do? Go to ER?

Bumpitis: Sounds like it may be infected and that you need to see a doctor. I'd advise that you not try to squeeze it or put a pin in it or otherwise try to pop it. Let a doctor decide what to do. ...Read more

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Have pain in Right knee more painful when sitting with knee bent feel warm to touch appears swollen didn't hurt it in any way what cause this?

Knee: Consider both bursitis and patellofemoral syndrome which are inflammatory causes of knee pain caused by a sudden change in activity or sometimes by improper exercise technique. Rest, ice and ceasing the offending activity for two weeks may help. ...Read more

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Red smooth splotch on foot no pain, just warm to touch been there for over a week?

Red smooth splotch on foot no pain, just warm to touch been there for over a week?

Red blotch: This may be a remnant of an insect bite or irritation from footwear. The warmth persisting for a week is unusual. Infection of the skin does cause warmth and spreading redness but I doubt that you have an untreated infection for that long. Definitely see your physician if burning, warmth and worsening redness occurs. ...Read more

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I had a tetanus booster this week, and it is 3 days now. The site is red, swollen and warm to touch?

I had a tetanus booster this week, and it is 3 days now. The site is red, swollen and warm to touch?

Warm packs: Apply warm compresses. You may be having a mild allergic reaction. Any time you have had an injection, although very rare, you may develop secondary infection. If this persists or gets worse you may want to check with your doctor. ...Read more

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My husband has itching, warm to touch, pain in both feet since this morning. No injuries, a complete mystery?

My husband has itching, warm to touch, pain in both feet since this morning. No injuries, a complete mystery?

Itching warm: Your husband needs to see a podiatrist who will evaluate him and make a diagnosis. Sooner rather than later - good luck! ...Read more

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I got bit at a soccer field. It was a small irregular shaped bump but is now swollen, warm to touch, and not itchy. What is this?

I got bit at a soccer field. It was a small irregular shaped bump but is now swollen, warm to touch, and not itchy. What is this?

Insect: Possibilities include wasp or hornet sting or a spider bite. If there is swelling, spreading redness and warmth, antibiotics and possible antihistamine are indicated and, thus, a visit to your physician is advisable. ...Read more

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Help me, I have an injury that I went to minor injuries about, they said it was torn meniscus but it has now become more swollen and is warm to touch?

Meniscus tear: Meniscus tears can cause swelling and inflammation in the knee which can make it feel warm to the touch. Elevation of the knee and antiinflammatories can make this more comfortable. If the meniscus catches or causes your knee to give out, then seek out your sports medicine or ortho doctor. ...Read more

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My feet alternate from feeling really cold (and feel cold to touch) and feeling too hot (warm to touch). At night they keep me awake. I'm not diabetic?

My feet alternate from feeling really cold (and feel cold to touch) and feeling too hot (warm to touch). At night they keep me awake. I'm not diabetic?

Vasculitis: Sounds like reynauds phenomenon! There may be color changes that you notice, as well? You would be well served by sharing this problem with your pcp or vascular specialist or endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Symptoms: red, slightly swollen 1-2inch area on arm, noticably warm to touch, very itchy, Spreads only when itched. What could it be?

Dermatitis: Sounds like some inflammatory dermatitis you have. Try a steroid cream to start and get into the Dr. For an evaluation. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have legs pain after I wake up from a cold night. My legs become swollen and warm to touch. Will I have problems this winter too? How can I treat it

I have legs pain after I wake up from a cold night. My legs become swollen and warm to touch. Will I have problems this winter too? How can I treat it

Seek an evaluation: It's hard to say from your description what exactly is happening to you. But it's not uncommon to have stiffness in your legs after being in the cold. Swelling and warmth do not normally occur. Start with an evaluation with a primary care doctor. Bloods tests and xrays may be recommended. Good Luck!! ...Read more

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Bug bite area that is red, itchy, warm to touch and swollen. The area is getting larger. What's the best way to treat?

Bug bites: Try benadryl and some ibuprofen. Also apply topical cool compress. Some topical cortisone may help too. If fever, not improving or worsening redness, swellng or SOB get checked. ...Read more

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I'm having pain in my leg. It's warm to touch and swollen with discoloration. What is going on and what can I do for it?

I'm having pain in my leg. It's warm to touch and swollen with discoloration. What is going on and what can I do for it?

Leg pain: Your symptoms could be caused by a possible infection such as cellulitis or other issues that would need to be treated by a health care provider and may require medication or further testing, . For example ruling out a dvt, etc. Best for you to see dr asap to get eval. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Painful swollen, warm to touch earlobe, with hard lump inside. What could this be, a boil?

Ruptured cyst: Most likely it is an epidermal cyst that has ruptured. The swelling and tenderness is the resulting inflammatory reaction, which is often mistaken for an infection. But like an infection, it needs to be drained to relieve the pressure and stop the pain. Epidermal cysts occur very commonly in earlobes; no one knows why. ...Read more

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Gave myself what I think was a hematoma this morning. Hard lump and swollen. Area became red though and very warm to touch. Could this be infected?

Gave myself what I think was a hematoma this morning. Hard lump and swollen. Area became red though and very warm to touch. Could this be infected?

Possibly: What did you do to give yourself a hematoma? Did you break the skin? Hematomas can be hard, swollen, warm and red. However, heat, redness and swelling are also symptoms of cellulitis. If it persists, or you have a fever, or the redness increases, you should see a doctor right away. ...Read more

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Toes get red and hot in bed, sometimes during day too. Feel warm to touch. Feet smell even after shower don't think l have fungus.

I think it is: Reasonable for you to first exclude infection such as fungus. The odor makes one suspicious...you may need to visit a dermatologist to obtain a scraping or culture. There you could also discuss the possibility of erythromelalgia. Primary erythromelalgia is caused by a rare gene mutation affecting males>females. Secondary erythromelagia sometimes accompanies bone marrow diseases. You need full eval ...Read more

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Hit shin on rim of tub, not bruised, swollen, warm to touch, discomfort but no pain, swelling does not feel like fluid inside, no discoloration. Help?

How long ago?: Swelling is normal after a traumatic event. Rest your leg and apply ice to the area. See a doctor for persistent pain or inability to walk. ...Read more

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My husband injured both wrists in a fall. No breaks were found in xray in the er. His wrists are now warm to touch and slightly swollen. Is this normal?

My husband injured both wrists in a fall. No breaks were found in xray in the er. His wrists are now warm to touch and slightly swollen. Is this normal?

Soft tissue healing: When soft tissue like tendons and ligaments tear they heal and the tissue can be a bit warm and swollen. If the redness gets worse or spreads then see a doctor right away. It seems unlikely that both wrists got infected especially if there was no laceration. ...Read more

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Cerebral palsy swollen foot. Is it due to heat?

Cerebral palsy swollen foot. Is it due to heat?

Probably not: If the foot stays swollen more commonly injury or circulatory issue. See your doctor if it persists. ...Read more

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Swollen Foot (Definition)

Just means fluid is collecting in the tissues. When only 1 foot is swollen, it usually means the cause is local (something going on with in the foot), but if both feet are swollen, it usually means your body is retaining fluid, and the only reason it's showing up in the feet is that gravity thing. If you stood on your head all day, ...Read more


Tactile (Definition)

Pleural fremitus is a palpable vibration of the wall of the thorax caused by friction between the parietal and visceral pleura of the lungs. See pleural friction rub for the auditory ...Read more