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Hand Swelling (Definition)

Hand swelling is also known as Swollen hands. What you injured depends on where you stabbed your finger. Regardless, you should apply pressure to the finger to stop the bleeding, but avoid strangulating the finger. Best to seek immediate medical attention to determine ...Read more


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I have been waking up with extremely swollen hands in the morning. Sometimes they tingle at night, sometimes they don't. My feet are not swollen.

I have been waking up with extremely swollen hands in the morning. Sometimes they tingle at night, sometimes they don't. My feet are not swollen.

Swelling pinches: Since humans sleep lying down our hands swell at night from water that redistributes itself from our legs. That is why we get puffy eyelids too. The swelling pinches nerves. ...Read more

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I am 23 with lupus. Why do I wake up with swollen hands and numb throbbing fingers at night and my fingernails turn pale blue. ?

I am 23 with lupus.  Why do I  wake up with swollen hands and numb throbbing fingers at night and my fingernails turn pale blue. ?

Multiple things: Ask your doctor if you may have raynaud's phenomenon, which turns fingers and toes blue. Also your doctor can check for arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome, or other causes. A rheumatologist would be helpful; rheumatologists diagnose and treat autoimmune diseases, arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions like what you are describing. ...Read more

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Swollen hands face and knees, lymphodema, low body temp, hot red skin, & headache every night. What could cause this? I also have asthma & raynauds.

Swollen hands face and knees, lymphodema, low body temp, hot red skin, & headache every night. What could cause this? I also have asthma & raynauds.

Thyroid?: I'd get a battery of general tests - complete blood count, comprehensive metabolic profile, and thyroid to begin with. Also, compliment those with a physical exam by a medical professional. ...Read more

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What can I do about swollen hands?

Hydrate: Unfortunately, there is not much that can be done for benign swelling related to pregnancy. Staying hydrated and decreasing salt intake will help. Be warned that swelling usually gets worse right after the baby is born, then improves over a few weeks postpartum. ...Read more

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I often wake up with swollen hands & face. What could be causing this?

I often wake up with swollen hands & face. What could be causing this?

You're not a zebra: Zebras, horses and giraffes sleep standing up. Since humans sleep lying down our hands swell at night from water that redistributes itself from our legs. That is why we get puffy eyelids too. The swelling pinches nerves. ...Read more

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I have swollen hands only in the morning and passes within an hour at most without pain or other types of discomfort. Is it normal?

I have swollen hands only in the morning and passes within an hour at most without pain or other types of discomfort. Is it normal?

Not normal: This could be a sign of carpal tunnel syndrome, circulation problems, heart problems or be related to diet. It can also be the start of an inflammatory arthritis or autoimmune disease. It's a good idea to get checked out. If no immediate problems are found you will need re-evaluation if symptoms change or progress since this may be a very early sign of a problem which will show up later. ...Read more

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What can cause me to wake up with swollen hands?

Water: When you lay down at night your hands become exposed to a higher hydrostatic pressure than when you are standing or sitting in the daytime. This results in fluid building up in these tissues. If you elevate your hand on some pillows you may be able decrease the swelling in your hands. However, if you are experiencing stiffness and decreased range of motion, it may be advisable to see a hand dr. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat swollen hands?

What can I do to treat swollen hands?

Many reasons : You should see your physician to make sure that there is not another reason for your hands to be swollen. There are many reasons for swollen hands that need to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Swollen Hands (Definition)

Swollen hands can be a symptom of arthritis or other inflammation of the area (such as carpal tunnel syndrome), or may be due to exercise or changes in environment ...Read more


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