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My thumb toes seem to be hurting for no reason. No injuries and I don't wear closed shoes. No swelling or discoloration. Just pain around the nail?

My thumb toes seem to be hurting for no reason. No injuries and I don't wear closed shoes. No swelling or discoloration. Just pain around the nail?

Ingrown toenail?: Two main reasons toenails hurt are either trauma or ingrown toenails. If there is redness or swelling they are probably ingrown. If not then trauma from tight shoes or an activity. Find the culprit ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Is there a reason heat makes a swollen hand feel better if it just makes the swelling worse?

Is there a reason heat makes a swollen hand feel better if it just makes the swelling worse?

Increases blood flow: Heat increases blood flow to the inflamed area. This helps substances get to the area and help to reduce pain and swelling. ...Read more

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What is the reason of getting swelling feet... Pain in the right side of the chest and hand.

What is the reason of getting swelling feet... Pain in the right side of the chest and hand.

Feet swelling : Can be caused by so many things like venous or arterial problems but since you have multiple problems see you pcp. ...Read more

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My mom, 56yrsold, had fallen from bike 4yrs back and now she has swelling in her left hand from shoulder to elbow, what could be the reason?

My mom, 56yrsold, had fallen from bike 4yrs back and now she has swelling in her left hand from shoulder to elbow, what could be the reason?

A 4 year old: Injury should not cause swelling of the upper arm. You should look for another reason for the swelling. Consult an orthopedic surgeon for opinion and possibly imaging studies. ...Read more

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What can cause soft tissue swelling of thumb?

What can cause soft tissue swelling of thumb?

Many issues: Can cause swelling in the soft tissues such as injury that cuases inflammation, infection, scaring due to past injuries, foreign bodies like splinters, etc. ...Read more

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What could be hurting on my wrist right below my thumb there is a very small swelling there?

What could be hurting on my wrist right below my thumb there is a very small swelling there?

? Ganglion: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you. What you described suggest a ganglion. A benign swelling that may resolve on its own. If the pain has lasted more than two weeks, it would be prudent to see your doctor. See this site for more info and you may google "ganglion" to see pictures
http://www.Mayoclinic. Com/health/ganglion-cysts/ds00767. ...Read more

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I slammed my thumb in a car door on accident and the swelling hasn't gone down and its reddish purple. Can you tell me what's wrong?

I slammed my thumb in a car door on accident and the swelling hasn't gone down and its reddish purple. Can you tell me what's wrong?

Need examination: Something as traumatic enough to cause the signs you describe should probably be examined. The color and swelling is blood accumulation in the subcutaneous tissues and inflammation. Underlying bone fracture and or ligament/tendon injury can't be excluded. ...Read more

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My thumbs badly swollen and I've got an american football match on saturday any advice to reduce swelling and pain? Ice isn't working

My thumbs badly swollen and I've got an american football match on saturday any advice to reduce swelling and pain? Ice isn't working

I'm not sure if : I'll help u on this since u r competing with U.S.A. (joke!). Consider to take nsaids(iboprofen) if no allergies, have a xray taken to check for fracture esp. If there's a history of bruising etc. Continue with the ice packs for one more day than soak in warm water. Good luck on ur competition! ...Read more

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Reasons why my sons thumb pad started swelling up?

Reasons why my sons thumb pad started swelling up?

Infection or injury: It would be due to an injury or an infection. You can see a doctor to find the cause. ...Read more

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Thumb smashed in door yesterday. How long until swelling goes down?

OUCH!: Depends on the extent of injury and whether you've fractured the underlying bone (phalynx). Keep it elevated as much as possible. If it's throbbing, you may need to see your family doctor for pain medication to tide you over. An x-ray would be very helpful! Good luck, mi amigo! ...Read more

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Woke up with unbearable pain in left thumb and swelling too. Can't move it. What is it?

Woke up with unbearable pain in left thumb and swelling too. Can't move it. What is it?

May be infected: Would recommend prompt medical eval. The tissue of the thumb is fairly tough — so there isn't a lot of room for expansion. That causes pain. If infected — need to nip it in the bud right away. ...Read more

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Is swelling after tendon repair in thumb normal?

Is swelling after tendon repair in thumb normal?

Try elevating: Agree with the answer above. Try elevating your hand higher than your heart to see if that helps. If there are no signs of infection, your surgeon may have the hand therapist work on edema control to reduce the swelling and help with motion. ...Read more

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Why would my thumb and pointer finger be swelling?

Why would my thumb and pointer finger be swelling?

Arthritis: You might be getting arthritis. Check with your primary care provider. You might have an infection as well. ...Read more

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I sprained my thumb and the swelling won't go down, the thumb is taped. How long to heal?

I sprained my thumb and the swelling won't go down, the thumb is taped. How long to heal?

You need to : Have a complete tear if the ulnar or radial collateral ligaments ruled out by a hand surgeon. These injuries can at time need surgery. A fracture should be ruled out too. Even without these it may take 2-3 months minimally for pain to subside. Splinting is a first line rx the thumb has a lot of daily stress at the mp joint and it is easy to re -aggravate even a mild injury. ...Read more

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Have got suddenly swelling in my left thumb (feet) from past 2 days causing discomfort?

Have got suddenly swelling in my left thumb (feet) from past 2 days causing discomfort?

Big toe ?: You have got gout. Get uric acid level checked. Start colchicine 0.5 mg daily, Indocin (indomethacin) 25mg three times a day...both with food in stomach. ...Read more

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I have a disabling chronic pain and swelling at the tip of my right thumb. What could I do?

I have a disabling chronic pain and swelling at the tip of my right thumb. What could I do?

Depends.: If you had an injury or overuse, this could explain your symptoms. A sterile abscess or granuloma is a possibility as well. These can be treated by your primary care doctor. Probably need to see him/her for a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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I had surgery for trigger thumb 3 months ago. Now my thumb is swelling and stiff. This just started one week ago?

I had surgery for trigger thumb 3 months ago. Now my thumb is swelling and stiff. This just started one week ago?

Overuse?: Did you use your thumb heavily last week? If you have been protecting it as you heal, and now you're using it more normally, the swelling may be normal for 6 months after surgery. If normal use continues to cause swelling and stiffness, see your surgeon. Be very careful to not overprotect your thumb! Too little use allows swelling and stiffness. 2 minutes of exercise every 30 min really helps. ...Read more

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Can the whitlow on my right thumb dry up and go without being incised? I have been on Ampiclox tid for 7 days and the pain and swelling has reduced

Can the whitlow on my right thumb dry up and go without being incised? I have been on Ampiclox tid for 7 days and the pain and swelling has reduced

Maybe: Whitlow can resolve on its own if the infection comes close to the surface of the skin, and spontaneously makes its own "incision." some types of whitlow (like herpetic whitlow) are from a virus, and no surgery is recommended. Good luck; I know these are painful! ...Read more

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I have pain & swelling in tendons of my wrist and also my thumb caused by long sea kayaking trip 5 days ago. What to do to ensure it heals properly?

I have pain & swelling in tendons of my wrist and also my thumb caused by long sea kayaking trip 5 days ago. What to do to ensure it heals properly?

See below: Rest, ice (if there's swelling/pain) on & off throughout the day, elevation (for swelling), NSAID (advil/motrin/aleve/etc) for pain & inflammation (unless you're on blood thinners, have ulcers/bleeding problems). Gradually do range of motion exercises for wrist, fingers, thumb to keep them limber. If no swelling, can use moist heat instead of ice—whichever feels better & helps more. ...Read more

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The other day I hurt my thumb real bad it hurts to move it and is swelling and turning blue around the bottom of my thumb what did I do I have no idea?

See a hand surgeon: The only way to get a definitive diagnosis is to see a hand surgeon (check out those in your area at www.Assh. Org.) you may have a fracture or a ligamentous injury. Prompt initial accurate diagnosis and treatment will give you the best chance of uncomplicated healing. ...Read more

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I noticed a thumb nail sized swelling next to my clitoris, it came up in the last few hours, it is soft on the outside but seems to have a hard centre?

I noticed a thumb nail sized swelling next to my clitoris, it came up in the last few hours, it is soft on the outside but seems to have a hard centre?

Pelvic exam: Cannot be diagnosed online. You will need a pelvic exam to rule out a growth, wart or scab from sexual activity. Avoid tight-fitting thong type underwear and certain use condoms if sexually active. ...Read more

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My boyfriends thumb is red swollen but he doesn't have any open cuts or acute injuries to it. Swelling/redness is spreading. Is this contagious?

My boyfriends thumb is red swollen but he doesn't have any open cuts or acute injuries to it. Swelling/redness is spreading. Is this contagious?

No: But it sounds like an infection that is getting worse. Have him checked very soon, it sounds like he needs antibiotics and potentially a tetanus shot. All the best. ...Read more