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Unexplained Sore Swollen Thumb
I have red swollen thumb really sore. It's also inflamed. Doc has prescribed amoxicillin but I don't like antibios. Any suggestions?
See below: Untreated skin infections can cause serious problems and over a thumb, I would worry about it causing an infection in your thumb joint which is a serious condition where it can lead surgery to save your thumb joint. Call your prescribing doctor and discuss your concerns with him or her especially if you decide not to take the amoxicillin. ...Read more
After my palm caught my fall, I have a swollen thumb, scrape at the bottom of the thumb and a tender thumb. The fall happened five hours ago. Should I see a doctor?
See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more
Swollen thumb: See your doctor to determine whether it is a bite or an infection. ...Read more
Ice and Elevation: Ice and elevate your thumb for temporary relief. Determine the cause to prevent the thumb from swelling again. ...Read more
Treat the cause/rest: You need to find out the cause of the swelling of your thumb and treat appropritely with anti inflammatory drugs if it is due to inflammation or trauma. Other causes are infection and gout, which needs to be treated differentl. And rest by splinting may help as well in some cases. ...Read more
Sudden swollen thumb. I ate peanut butter and jelly sandwich for dinner. Can this contribute to my symptom? Thanks.
See your doctor: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all of the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you. ...Read more
Drain immediately: It needs to be drained. This is what is called a paronychia. If not drained it can turn into a much bigger problem affecting the pulp of the finger called a felon. And untreated felon can affect flexor tendons and cause serious problems. Seek out a doctor to drain it and give appropriate anatibiotics. ...Read more
I have a swollen thumb. I just woke up with it. However it is itchy and throbbing but I have a redish line going up past my wrist now?
Reddish line arm: A reddish line associated with swelling in the thumb or hand or a finger can be sign of inflammation and more severely INFECTION. Infection with increased pain and red streaking the arm also know as ascending lymphangitis is s serious problem that needs treatment, minimally antibiotics very soon and at time surgical decompression if there infection in a closed space. CALL YOUR DOCTOR or GO to ER ...Read more
Many causes.: There are many potential causes and a good history and exam will helps to determine the answer. For example is this a tumor? Is it lymphatic or vascular congestion? Positional? Work related? Congenital? Constrictive due to ring wear? Due to bone, skin, fat, nerves, vessels?, etc. ...Read more
Several things: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more
Ice: Best to ice limit use and take anti-inflammatory ...Read more