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Doctor insights on: Swollen Metacarpophalangeal Joint

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Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more


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Metacarpophalangeal joint blister treatment - they keep opening. what is the best way to treat. i have been using neosporin .

Metacarpophalangeal joint blister treatment - they keep opening.  what is the best way to treat.  i have been using neosporin .

R/O CELLULITIS: Cellulitis is a superficial skin infection that can be caused after an abrasion or rupture of a boil . Keep the area clean and apply topical antibiotics. Seek prompt evaluation for potential need of oral antibiotics/X-ray /labs/wound culture. F/U with your doctor if symptoms persist or worsen, oral antibiotics may be needed. ...Read more

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My left index (proximal interphalangeal joint and metacarpophalangeal joint) I have pain when i bend the finger. My RA factor is normal.

My left index (proximal interphalangeal joint and metacarpophalangeal joint) I have pain when i bend the finger. My RA factor is normal.

See details: Ra is very unlikely when a single finger is involved. Is the finger swollen? Is there an area of tenderness? It could something simple such as tendinitis. See an orthopedist or rheumatologist. ...Read more

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I have a callus like bump on the right thumb metacarpophalangeal joint. It was a scab and doesn't itchor hurt. What should I do?

I have a callus like bump on the right thumb metacarpophalangeal joint. It was a scab and doesn't itchor hurt. What should I do?

Scar: It probably is scar/fibrous tissue, but could be a wart or foreign body. If it gets larger, red or hurts, i would get it checked. ...Read more

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Wondering why skin above metacarpophalangeal joints become dark ?

Wondering why skin above metacarpophalangeal joints become dark ?

Many reasons: This can be due to chemicals at work that you may be exposed to , or rubbing of your knuckles because of habit or dry skin, but also can be seen in certain ethnicities. Try AM Lactam which helps take off dead skin. If not improving see your dermatologist as there are other medical reasons that could cause this condition. ...Read more

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What do you do for swollen joints?

What do you do for swollen joints?

Swollen Joints: You should first visit your doctor to determine why your joints are swollen. There are many conditions that could cause the swelling (ie rheumatoid arthritis, osteo arthritis, lupus, crohn's disease, or fluid retention due to cardiopulmonary conditions). Each has a different course of therapy. ...Read more

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What is causing sudden swollen joints?

What is causing sudden swollen joints?

Inflammation: It is inflammation, can also be new onset arthritis. I would make an appointment to be seen and have some labs done. Autoimmune disorders can present with swollen joints.. ...Read more

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What could cause swollen and painful joints?

What could cause swollen and painful joints?

Many causes: If you have swollen painful joints you should be evaluated by a rheumatologist. There are many different causes including infectious forms of arthritis, for example lyme disease or parvo. There are also many forms of inflammatory arthritis, including rheumatoid and psoriatic. Its important to not delay in getting the correct diagnosis and proper treatment. ...Read more

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How long can the distal joint on my finger be swollen for?

How long can the distal joint on my finger be swollen for?

Depends on cause: Unfortunately this joint can stay swollen for a long time....Sometimes life. This depends on the cause - a sprained or jammed finger may stay swollen for a few weeks to months. Some arthritis or broken bones can cause this joint to stay swollen forever. ...Read more

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Could use expert help with why are my finger joints swollen?

Could use expert help with why are my finger joints swollen?

Many reasons: There are many different causes of selling in finger joints, including injury, excessive salt intake, several types of arthritis, and autoimmune disorders. See your doctor for further evaluation. Once your doc examines your hands and maybe orders bloodwork or xrays, a better diagnosis and treatment plan can be made. ...Read more

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How long should the distal joint on my finger be really swollen for?

How long should the distal joint on my finger be really swollen for?

NOT LONG: If you had a traumatic event swelling, can occur for days or longer and most likely should be evaluated by an xray to rule out a fracture. If there was no trauma, that is more concerning for a type of athritis and should be examined and appropriate labs and xrays should be obtained. ...Read more

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I was informed my lump nodes were 6mm in Feb 2017 now my level is 9 mm, my joints are swollen and painful I also have hemocromotosis, ?

I was informed my lump nodes were 6mm in Feb 2017 now my level is 9 mm, my joints are swollen and painful I also have hemocromotosis, ?

Lymph nodes.: If you have lymph nodes that have grown from February until now, your next step for those would be excision for diagnosis. These enlarging lymph nodes need to be sent to the laboratory for formal pathological evaluation. ...Read more

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What could cause swollen armpits and joint pain?

What could cause swollen armpits and joint pain?

Several things: Symptoms and concerns like these mandate a thorough evaluation by your doctor. Only after such an evaluation, which may include labs and radiographic examinations, can he/she let you know what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more

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How could you tell if a joint is swollen?

How could you tell if a joint is swollen?

See below: It will become enlarged, painful and warm. ...Read more

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Can there be inflammation even if joints are not visibly swollen?

Can there be inflammation even if joints are not visibly swollen?

Yes : Inflammation of tge joints can be manifested as swelling or just by pain or stiffness of the joints. ...Read more

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I have a tfcc injury. I did some stretching exercises yesterday but this morning my joint was swollen. Why?

I have a tfcc injury. I did some stretching exercises yesterday but this morning my joint was swollen. Why?

Hard to say: There are many potential causes. Possibly you did "too much" and need to start more slowly, possibly your injury is not fully healed, or it may be a sequels of having been immobilized for a long period of time. I would certainly let your doctor know. ...Read more

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At the sc joint, it feels swollen & as if my manubrium is out of place. I don't feel pain. What is it? (i am male, 20 years, & work out).

Sounds arthritic: Guys that work out a lot can stress the sc jt quite a bit. That may lead to arthritis and swelling. Now, if you have had trauma to the sc jt you that can also lead to a joint instability and arthritis. If you develop difficulty breathing seek emergent care. ...Read more

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I am getting really scared, the spots are worse. And my joints are swollen and very painful, a different few each day. Plz help what is this?

See a rheumatologist: It sounds as if you have an inflammatory arthritis. There are numerous diagnostic possibilities and you need to see a rheumatologist to be diagnosed and started on appropriate medication. Do not delay as some arthritic disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis can cause joint damage early in its course. ...Read more

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Heat or ice for swollen joints best?

See below: If the joint is acutely hot, red and swollen, ice would be better than heat which may increase inflammation. For joints that are not hot or swollen but are painful and stiff, i find heat works better. ...Read more

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What causes swollen joints in a 5 year old?

What causes swollen joints in a 5 year old?

JRA/JIA symptoms: Children with juvenile arthritis most often have visible swelling of one or more joints for several days at least and morning stiffness in the affected joints. If you are concerned that your child has juvenile arthritis, take them for evaluation to their doctor and request a referral to a pediatric rheumatologist if there is any concern. Pain is often not associated with arthritis in younger kids. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have swollen armpits and joint pain?

What does it mean if you have swollen armpits and joint pain?

Swelling in the armp: It or axilla can be a sign of lymph node involvement and arm pain associated can be a sign of infection inflammation or circulation disturbance or something more severe , if you have pain in your armpits and swollen painful arms you need to be evaluated. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Painful swollen joints?

Many causes: DEF: if it hurts = PAINFUL, if it is larger than the other = swollen get it checked ...Read more

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My finger joint is swollen and isn't going down, what should I do?

My finger joint is swollen and isn't going down, what should I do?

Get evaluated: You should see your doctor to get evaluated for a correct diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read more

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I have a swollen joint 3 years after jamming my finger, what should I do?

I have a swollen joint 3 years after jamming my finger, what should I do?

X-ray, exam: Start by getting a diagnosis, which will start with physical examination and x-rays. The treatment will depend on a lot of factors such as the severity of the problem, the anatomy of the situation and the treatments you have already tried. ...Read more

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My finger joints are extremely stiff and swollen. Is this normal for typist?

My finger joints are extremely stiff and swollen. Is this normal for typist?

Usually not: Painful swollen joints may be early signs of an arthropathy which your doctor can help you diagnose. Treating it early is important before too much damage accurs. ...Read more