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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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I have a small non painful lesion (slightly swollen) on my left little finger just below the start of the nail. This nail has a furrow since. Why?

I have a small non painful lesion (slightly swollen) on my left little finger just below the start of the nail. This nail has a furrow since. Why?

Doc needs to see: Hard to say what it is but something like this that is painful and has changes in the nail may be an infection. Even fungal infections can present this way. They can be treated but you have to let a health care professional take a look at it first. Even urgent care can do this for you. ...Read more

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About a month ago I cut my little finger in the middle crease. It seemed to heal ok, but has like a painful bump on it and is swollen a little, why?

About a month ago I cut my little finger in the middle crease. It seemed to heal ok, but has like a painful bump on it and is swollen a little, why?

Be seen: Please see your doctor as the area may be minimally infected with the swelling--is there any redness or warmth there too? Your doctor can evaluate this very easily. Do not take chances. ...Read more

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My middle and my little finger are swollen at the top joint, what could this mean?

Arthritis: The joint at the end of the finger, closest to the nail, is a common location for osteoarthrtis. As arthritis develops the joints can swell, and bone spurs form which feel like hard bumps. Diffuse swelling about the joint is typically related to inflammation. Sometimes a more localized swelling will occur which may represent a cyst. ...Read more

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I've been taking a course of flexon of 5 days. Now my little finger has swollen a bit more and pains a bit too. What should I do?

I've been taking a course of flexon of 5 days. Now my little finger has swollen a bit more and pains a bit too. What should I do?

Swollen Before?: Why was your finger swollen-injured in some way? Is that why you were started on the flexon(Orphenadrine)? See your doctor for this situation. I can't provide any explanation for your symptoms as drug side effects seldom affect only one joint. ...Read more

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Swollen 3rd finger its very itchy especially down the side of my little finger it was like it yesterday and ive now woke up in the night itching?

Swollen 3rd finger its very itchy especially down the side of my little finger it was like it yesterday and ive now woke up in the night itching?

Allergy?: Maybe you are allergic to something your finger came in contact with or you were bitten by an insect of some sort..purely guesses that may cause your symptoms. If this continues, see the Dr. best wishes to you. ...Read more

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I have a swollen little finger joint (the top one). There is no pain but there is a little pain on tapping it. I had no injuries there.

Arthritis: (osteo) typically occurs in this joint and it doesn't have to hurt. I wouldn't take or do anything about it, but don't aggravate it by tapping. ...Read more

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Had itchy red swollen end of little finger, swelling gone now and left lots of red dots under skin that don't fade when pressed down on. Thank you?

Had itchy red swollen end of little finger, swelling gone now and left lots of red dots under skin that don't fade when pressed down on.  Thank you?

Capillary: These red spots are most likely due to burst capillaries which leak blood into the skin and take days to weeks to fade. What caused the swelling and discoloration initially? ?infected bite ?allergic reaction ?trauma ...Read more

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The little finger of my right hand is swollen in the middle at the joint area and aches, why is this?

The little finger of my right hand is swollen in the middle at the joint area and aches, why is this?

Probably a sprain: Sprains of the hand, especially sprains of the small joints of the fingers, are typically stiff, swollen and sore for a number of months-it sometimes takes a year or more for the soreness to go away, and sometimes the swelling can be permanent. It is a good idea to get a sprain evaluated early to make sure nothing else is going on and to completely understand the condition. See a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Hand is swollen, painful, sometimes much colder than the rest of body. I also have pains shooting from little finger almost to elbow. Wrist hurts too.

See doctor ASAP: The coldness of the hand and the pain are worrisome for a blood clot or narrowing of one of the arteries either problem can be very serious. Sometimes, nerve entrapment or spasm in a blood vessel can do this. Get it checked out soon. ...Read more

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I have joint pain and my little finger is swollen. Uric acd is 6.4 bt my joints aren't red or warm) and the pain keeps shifting betwen hands and legs.

I have joint pain and my little finger is swollen. Uric acd is 6.4 bt my joints aren't red or warm) and the pain keeps shifting betwen hands and legs.

Inflammatory prob: The symptoms you're describing along with your history of bowel issues are concerning for an inflammatory arthritis or connective tissue diagnosis. Recommend rheumatologic evaluation and testing as soon as possible to help make an appropriate diagnosis for you. I'm sorry this wasn't more help. Best of luck ...Read more

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I got got stitches for a finger laceration about 5 days ago and now my hand is red and a little swollen?

I got got stitches for a finger laceration  about 5 days ago and now my hand is red and a little swollen?

Finger Laceration: Recommend you see the doctor that put in the stitches. You may have an infection that requires treatment ! ...Read more

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Urgent- I had a bedbug bite on them lower right Side on middle finger, a little while after the whole top and middle on the back of my hand is swollen?

Urgent- I had a bedbug bite on them lower right Side on middle finger, a little while after the whole top and middle on the back of my hand is swollen?

Local reaction: Sounds like you are having a local allergic reaction to the bite. If no health risks, take some benadryl (diphenhydramine) (don't mix with alcohol) and apply otc hydrocortisone cream. Cool compress of water and white vinegar in 50/50 mix may help give some temporary relief. Keep hand elevated. See your MD if rapidly worsens or not better in a few days. http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/bedbugs-infestation ...Read more

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I have a swollen lump on my palm under index finger now i noticed a small pocket of swelling on the top of my hand btw index & middle index is swollen?

I have a swollen lump on my palm under index finger now i noticed a small pocket of swelling on the top of my hand btw index & middle index is swollen?

You should see a Doc: A medical examination by a physician is necessary to determine the nature of your lumps on your fingers. They may be benign(painless) or inflammatory(painfiul). Without a physical examination it is not possible to tell what you have. So you should go see your family doctor without delay. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more