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Smashed thumb in car door last Wednesday. Cut the skin a little (not enough for stitches) and nail is blue. The skin is a little firm now. Is it norma?

Smashed thumb in car door last Wednesday. Cut the skin a little (not enough for stitches) and nail is blue. The skin is a little firm now. Is it norma?

Normal?: Yes, it is normal after you have smashed your thumb. If you think it is getting better since the injury, just keep going. If not, please see your Primary doctor. ...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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Have numbness along nail side of my thumb with pain going down towards wrist. Hard to grasp anything. Don't remember any injury.

Have numbness along nail side of my thumb with pain going down towards wrist. Hard to grasp anything. Don't remember any injury.

Get a check up: You may have 'carpel tunnel syndrome'. Please get evaluation by your doctor and discuss the treatment options. ...Read more

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What could a firm, small, white lump on forefinger be? Joint closest to nail, on thumb side. I have RA and some OA. Thanks!!

What could a firm, small, white lump on forefinger be? Joint closest to nail, on thumb side. I have RA and some OA. Thanks!!

See details: The 2 most likely causes are a synovial cyst or a Heberden node. The former is obviously a cyst and the latter is a bony enlargement. If you have RA and you smoke the RA will likely be much worse. ...Read more

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How do you know if yu broke your thumb? I was playing softball and I swug at a high inside pitch. The ball hit my thumb really hard considering my hands were throwing the bat at the ball. It was bleeding really bad too. It also cracked my nail. I can't gr

How do you know if yu broke your thumb? I was playing softball and I swug at a high inside pitch. The ball hit my thumb really hard considering my hands were throwing the bat at the ball. It was bleeding really bad too. It also cracked my nail. I can't gr

It: It sounds like you could have a fracture but the only way to tell for certain (unless you see bone sticking out) is to get an xray.

Commonly fractures of the distal phalanx can lead to bleeding under the nail or be accompanied by a broken nail. Certainly by the mechanism of your injury and the description of your injury you should get some xrays done to assess this

most fractures of the distal phalanx heal uneventfully but you can't know if you have an intrarticular fracture (in the joint), a fracture associated with a tendon injury (such as a mallet finger), an open fracture (where the cracked nail is actually a wound that lead to the bone and can get infected) or any other combination of these just by looking at it.

So do yourself a favor and get seen, at least by some medical provider but best to see a hand surgeon or an orthopedic or plastic surgeon who take care of these injuries. If not go to your own pcp or a local urgent care or emergency center. ...Read more

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Is it possible to pinch a vein shut? The vein in my thumb was smashed. It is now bright blue, hard an raised. It is making my whole hand tingle.

Is it possible to pinch a vein shut? The vein in my thumb was smashed. It is now bright blue, hard an raised. It is making my whole hand tingle.

Nah. It ain't so Joe: You caused a nice big BRUISE by whacking the thumb but it's not a vein or anything like that...it's the swelling and accumulation of fluids including blood. If it's causing tingling in the hand then, you should have it looked at right away. It may need decompression otherwise, you could have nerve damage that's permanent from the accumulated pressure that's not being released. Ice down a lot. ...Read more

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I have a 1cm knot to pop up that is very hard it actually feels like bone in my left hand on the thumb region area to the wrist. Should I be concer?

I have a 1cm knot to pop up that is very hard it actually feels like bone in my left hand on the thumb region area to the wrist. Should I be concer?

Ganglion cyst: It is likely a ganglion cyst - they are common in the hand and wrist. They are completely benign and usually go away on their own. If it becomes larger or painful such that it interferes with the function of you hand / wrist - see your doctor. Occasionally an orthopedic doctor will have to remove the cyst. ...Read more

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Hurt the base of right thumb while catching a hard ball with one hand when I was playing. It was about 2 months ago. No swelling but pain when I bend?

Hurt the base of right thumb while catching a hard ball with one hand when I was playing. It was about 2 months ago. No swelling but pain when I bend?

Pain with thumb: Bobby, have it x-rayed. You may have "game-keepers" thumb:

http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/Gamekeeper's_thumb

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I did something that pulled my thumb back toward my arm really hard. Since then, the part on the palm of my hand near my thumb hurts. Injury?

I did something that pulled my thumb back toward my arm really hard. Since then, the part on the palm of my hand near my thumb hurts. Injury?

Injury.: Dear puma, since that action has led to pain it does seem that you have had an injury. I don't know how long ago this occurred. Medical evaluation can help determine the extent of type of injury. From there a treatment plan can be developed. Take care. ...Read more

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A very hard small bead-size lump on right wrist under thumb. Appeared over night. Slight pain. Have been moving the hand a lot. What could it be?

A very hard small bead-size lump on right wrist under thumb. Appeared over night. Slight pain. Have been moving the hand a lot. What could it be?

Small hard lumps on: The tendon sheath or retinaculum often represent samll cystic structres such as ganglions but occassional on ewill see an ostephyte (small bone burr near a joint) or sofdt tissue calcification causing the same "feel" cystic lesion of the extensor retinaculum or the flexor tendon sheath are often associated with thendon irriation and inflammaiton but may or not be causally related. ...Read more

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I was cutting rubber matting and pulling hard with my hand and arm now my right index finger and thumb have been numb for 2 days I did not cut them?

I was cutting rubber matting and pulling hard with my hand and arm now my right index finger and thumb have been numb for 2 days I did not cut them?

Nerve: There may be a nerve that you pulled or stretched. This type of injury generally recovers as the nerve recovers. You should regain the sensation in your hand. It is important not to re injure the same area. See you doctor for an exam and recommendations for healing. ...Read more

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Brown bruise/rash thing under skin on thumb tip. Thick, hard callused skin where it is. No pain. (i have OCD & do lots of cleaning & hand washing)?

Brown bruise/rash thing under skin on thumb tip. Thick, hard callused skin where it is. No pain. (i have OCD & do lots of cleaning & hand washing)?

Eczema and dryness: Friction, dryness and irritation from frequent handwashing and soap chemicals explain your symptom. Topical steroids, use of emolients, hand gloves and reduction in ocd handwashing will help reduce symptoms. ...Read more

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Burn on thumb from hot steam. Very red. Looks patchy or maybe "future blisters" (hard to tell) Internet keeps saying hand burns need to be treated differently. What is best treatment and does being on hand change that? Pain is decreasing. Thanks

Burn on thumb from hot steam. Very red. Looks patchy or maybe "future blisters" (hard to tell) Internet keeps saying hand burns need to be treated differently. What is best treatment and does being on hand change that? Pain is decreasing. Thanks

Size matters here: Any burn's seriousness & urgency of treatment depends on how big the wound is, what caused it, and how deep. Typically steam from a tea kettle or hot food will be first or second degree. The area, if small and getting less painful and is not surrounding the whole finger or a joint can be treated like any other minor burn. Silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) helps the pain (but is a prescription). Keep clean, protect area. ...Read more

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I just hit my hand on something hard and immediately my thumb at the joint became slightly swollen and bruised. It's not hurting unless I mash on it. It is a little numb at the joint, but not bad. Is this most likely a sprain, fracture, or break?

I just hit my hand on something hard and immediately my thumb at the joint became slightly swollen and bruised. It's not hurting unless I mash on it. It is a little numb at the joint, but not bad. Is this most likely a sprain, fracture, or break?

Hard to say: It is really hard to say. If you had significant mechanism to have caused a fracture, you might want to be seen, examined, and get an X-ray. If it was a minimal "bump" you might give it 24-48 hours if rest, ice, elevation and if it seems to have resolved let it go but if not better be seen. ...Read more

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My thumb nail is turning completly white?

My thumb nail is turning completly white?

WHITE NAIL: White nails can be do to a number of things. It can be a superficial fungous infection, occasonally a result of medication. It may all disappear with time. If you are worried, do see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What are the possible causes of thumb nail pain?

What are the possible causes of thumb nail pain?

Trauma most common: Injury would be the most common cause. It can be caused by infections around the nail (paronychia) or rarely by tumors under the nail. It is difficult to be any more precise than this without examining your thumb. ...Read more

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My thumb nail is discharging?

Nail: It might be paronychia or ingrown toe nail. Antibiotics and pain killers would be needed. In some cases minor surgery might be indicated too. Please see your doctor ...Read more

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Why is my thumb nail flattening?

Why is my thumb nail flattening?

Anemia: The commonest cause of flat nails is iron deficiency anemia.Spooning of nails also may result. ...Read more

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Possible thumb nail injury. What should I do?

Possible thumb nail injury. What should I do?

See a doctor: It depend on the injury. You may need to do nothing or require drainage of the blood under the nail plate, or even a repair of the nail bed. It needs proper evaluation. ...Read more

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Noticed green half way under thumb nail bed. What's this mean?

Noticed green half way under thumb nail bed. What's this mean?

Possible infection: Green nails can result from a bacterial or fungal infection. On occasion it could result from the chemical or glues use in applying or removing the false nails. Have them evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What to do if I smashed my thumb with a hammer and the nail is dead?

What to do if I smashed my thumb with a hammer and the nail is dead?

Nails are dead: Nails are dead from the beginning. A new one will grow with timely. ...Read more

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My thumb is pulling away from the nail bed. Why and how do I stop it?

My thumb is pulling away from the nail bed. Why and how do I stop it?

Depends on the cause: Some causes of nail separation may include trauma, infection, and reaction or side effect of certain medications. Have them evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more