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I was getting ready to go out and my right thumb became painful. The pad of the thumb is all black and blue, a bit swollen and tingly. 10 minutes ago there was nothing wrong. Do I need to see a doctor?

I was getting ready to go out and my right thumb became painful. The pad of the thumb is all black and blue, a bit swollen and tingly. 10 minutes ago there was nothing wrong. Do I need to see a doctor?

RightOutOfTheBlk&Blu: Yes, unless your thumb got banged by an invisible painless hammer, you should see a doctor. Of course, a lot more needs to be known about you, like any chronic illness, what medications you take,what types of activities or work you engage in, etc. But at your age a painful blue (or pale) thumb that just comes out of nowhere is concerning and you should make sure your heart and blood vessels are OK ...Read more

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I was bit by a cat 2 hours ago on my left thumb and I've noticed it's very swollen and extremely painful. Should I seek medical attention?

Yes, today: From your description it is likely that you have an infection and it is spreading. Now, you could say that you want to go natural and let your body handle it. When patients tell me that in my office I mention to them that they are wearing clothes and that that's not natural. Get thee to a doc as soon as possible and if you don't recall when you last had a tetanus shot, get one! ...Read more

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I have a swollen, painful thumb that locks at the first joint. What should I do?

I have a swollen, painful thumb that locks at the first joint. What should I do?

Maybe an injection: The tendon helps your finger bend and is lined by a sheath. It sounds like to may have inflammation of the tendon sheath causing locking when you bend it. This is called a trigger finger. When a hand orthopedist or rheumatologist evaluates you, they may recommend a steroid injection to relieve it. ...Read more

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Thumb has gone green, swollen and painful to touch. Is this gangrene?

Thumb has gone green, swollen and painful to touch. Is this gangrene?

Get it checked asap.: You will need a medical evaluaton to determine if you have a gangrenous thumb. It could be a pseudomonas infection. It is imperative that you get immediate medical attention for this. Infections of the hands and fingers are particularly serious & can do damage to the internal structures. ...Read more

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Hand and thumb swollen and blue without injury. What is going on?

Hand and thumb swollen and blue without injury. What is going on?

Raynaud's disease: I need more info, but based on your description you could have a condition called raynaud's disease, especially if that happens after exposure to cold water and/or exposure to cold weather, this is better discussed with your regular physician.. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if my thumb is blue, swollen and i can't move it dose that mean its cracked?

Could you tell me if my thumb is blue, swollen and i can't move it dose that mean its cracked?

Get it looked @ ASAP: I take it you have had an injury, from your description you have either a large hematoma of the thumb or have lost the blood supplyeither way it needs attention. ...Read more

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My left thumb is swollen, stiff, painful to move and painful to touch. started 2 days ago and is progressively getting worse. not broken or dislocated?

My left thumb is swollen, stiff, painful to move and painful to touch. started 2 days ago and is progressively getting worse. not broken or dislocated?

See doctor: Considering the symptoms you describe, it is possible you have an infection of your nailbed, which could be spreading - also known as "paronychia". You should see a doctor ASAP to get evaluated, as it may require antibiotics or drainage, and could get worse without it. In the meantime, apply warm soaks to your thumb at least 3x/day. If fever, go to ER. Best wishes. ...Read more