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I have gained about 10 pounds over the holidays from binging on sweets. I have stopped sweets past month. Hands swell at night? Why? What to do?

I have gained about 10 pounds over the holidays from binging on sweets. I have stopped sweets past month. Hands swell at night? Why? What to do?

Consider salt intake: It is relatively unusual for hands to swell, normally people get swelling in their feet. The extra 10 pounds may contribute to some fluid retention if the heart is not working well. At age 55 it is reasonable to see your doctor regarding this to make sure no other body system is responsible for the fluid retention. ...Read more

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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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Hands swell at night pain is so terrible last night I also had tightness in my chest today I'm tired could it be flu or a cold coming on?

Hands swell at night pain is so terrible last night I also had tightness in my chest today I'm tired could it be flu or a cold coming on?

Uncertain: There are a lot of possibilities that can be in the realm of arthritis. You need to discuss with your physician. It is not characteristic of flu, but could be viral, bacteial, allergic or even systemic ...Read more

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My hands swell and are tingling all the time when I wake up at night it takes awhile to get the feelings back. I deliver the mail so I use my hands lot?

My hands swell and are tingling all the time when I wake up at night it takes awhile to get the feelings back. I deliver the mail so I use my hands lot?

Carpal Tunnel: Swollen hand at night can be common. As we sleep our hearts pump less so we tend to swell a little. Morning joint stiffness is a common symptom. Performing a job like yours can induce an inflammatory reaction causing more swelling to occur. The swelling builds up in the wrist pinching the median nerve and causes carpal tunnel syndrome. Try night splints or see your hand surgeon. ...Read more

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My hands swell up at night and also my wrist and finger ache?

My hands swell up at night and also my wrist and finger ache?

Arthritis: Hi. Several autoimmune arthritis's get worse at night and are worse upon waking, then get better during the course of the day, only to repeat the cycle the next night. These include psoriatic arthritis (do you have psoriasis?) and rheumatoid arthritis. See your doc; you may need a referral to a rheumatologist. Good luck! ...Read more

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Why am I getting hand swelling at night, without tingling? It's similar to when I go walking and my hands swell.

Why am I getting hand swelling at night, without tingling? It's similar to when I go walking and my hands swell.

Dependent edema: If it is not associated with pain or swollen joints, all you need to do is be more actve with your hands and elevate them. Medications for high blood pressure can do this, as well as some heart medications and even antiinflammatories. Iif it persists or becomes progressive, need to be evaluated for lymphedema. ...Read more

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Why do my hands swell up after exercising \?

Why do my hands swell up after exercising \?

Just your hands?: There is a condition called physical or cholinergic urticaria--hives resulting from physical activities, but often else where on body as well, not just hands. They can be quite swollen (as piture here) and at times quite itchy. Exercising in cooler weather lessens it a bit. Swimming is less likely to cause hives in such case. If it is bothering you, consult doc for eval. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why do my hands swell and hurt when I'm sleeping and sometimes even when I'm not sleeping?

Why do my hands swell and hurt when I'm sleeping and sometimes even when I'm not sleeping?

Varies: There are a lot of possibilities, including arthritic, inflammatory, and nerve compression syndromes. I would not hesitate to be seen for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Why do my hands swell and hurt when I'm sleeping and sometimes even when I'm not sleeping? I don't sleep on my hands.

Why do my hands swell and hurt when I'm sleeping and sometimes even when I'm not sleeping? I don't sleep on my hands.

Go to a doctor: The doctor can run a series of tests that might explain why your hands are swelling and hurt. You need to rule out rheumatoid arthritis or other joint diseases. ...Read more

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What's wrong when hands swell and hurt?

What's wrong when hands swell and hurt?

Use, arthritis: Could be over use from something or an arthritis. ...Read more

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My hands swell up. And they hurt, sometimes I can't close them. It happens a lot more?

My hands swell up. And they hurt, sometimes I can't close them. It happens a lot more?

Be seen: There are multiple potential causes in clouding a variety of inflammatory and arthritic causes. I would not hesitate to be seen for an accurate diagnosis and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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If I go walking, my hands swell; what causes this?

If I go walking, my hands swell; what causes this?

Position of hands: When walking your hands are in a dependent position resulting in increased edema. In addition with the use of your legs for walking, the circulation to the extremities is increased also contributing to the increase in swelling in the hands. ...Read more

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Help docs! My hands swell when I exercise!?

Help docs! My hands swell when I exercise!?

Not uncommon: That is not uncommon and often improves as a person becomes more conditioned. ...Read more

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Can it be possible for stress to make your hands swell?

Can it be possible for stress to make your hands swell?

Yes: Yes it can. It is related to alterations of blood supply to the hands caused to significant stress. ...Read more

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Hands swell and burn unbearable pain?

Hands swell and burn unbearable pain?

Get checked for: Nerve inflammation, pinched nerve, medication side effect, diabetes, heart, kidney and liver problems. See your dr for a thorough evaluation. Your past car accidents likely contribute to your present condition. Take care! ...Read more

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Why do hands swell and turn red after a day of light physical activity?

Why do hands swell and turn red after a day of light physical activity?

Have it evaluated: Some causes of swelling can include systemic problems such as hypertension, and problems with the kidneys and localized issues such as arthritis, cellulitis, lymphatic obstruction, blood clots, varicose veins, trauma (fracture, sprain, tendonitis) and side effects to medication. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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My hands swell and hurt as well as pain in kidneys. I can't close hands and I drop things a lot. What could this be?

My hands swell and hurt as well as pain in kidneys. I can't close hands and I drop things a lot. What could this be?

A lot of things: Swollen painful hands limiting motion is often a first sign of inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis. Pain in the kidney area may not be related. Your doctor can examine you and put you on the right track. ...Read more

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The veins in my hands swell and and my arm hurts?

The veins in my hands swell and and my arm hurts?

Exam: Without an examination or photo documentation, you condition cannot be diagnosed online. Make an appointment for a medical examination and evaluation. ...Read more

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My hands swell once I go outside in cold weather but go back to normal when I go inside?

My hands swell once I go outside in cold weather but go back to normal when I go inside?

Cold Hands.: Your symptoms could be associated with a condition known as "cold hands syndrome". There is a host of other conditions that can be associated with this syndrome. You would do best to consult with either a neurologist or hand specialist. Some major university hospitals even offer clinics that treat this syndrome. ...Read more

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Can your hands swell from sitting in a hospital bed for 2 weeks with your hands at your side?

Can your hands swell from sitting in a hospital bed for 2 weeks with your hands at your side?

That'sASwellQuestion: A lot more than that can happen if you are in bed for two straight weeks. It's important that a nurse tries to get you to move as soon as possible when in the hospital. And if you can't, then to move you (by rolling and changing your positions frequently)and to make sure your body circulation gets optimized, otherwise stagnation sets in and you get swelling, pressure sores and the like. Get moving! ...Read more

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The veins in my wife's hands swell and her beats per min is 104 and 0-2 sat is 96 what could cause this?

The veins in my wife's hands swell and her beats per min is 104 and 0-2 sat is 96 what could cause this?

May be physiologic: We need more information. This may be completely norma. Her physician will evaluate teh vascular syndroem and also the reason the heartbeat is slightly fast. Her O2 sat is fine ...Read more

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Besides to much salt what would make my hands swell twice there size every morning it not just fingers its my whole hands. How can I get it to go down?

Besides to much salt what would make my hands swell twice there size every morning it not just fingers its my whole hands. How can I get it to go down?

Position, fluid, heart: The hands have a rich vascular anatomy, and the dependent position can cause venous congestion and swelling. Elevation may help. Your history of kidney stones suggests that you my be dehydrated and need to see a doctor about the best way to improve your fluid and electrolytes as well as define a regimen of hydration. Cardiac and vascular disease can lead to edema. Please see your internist soon. ...Read more

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What is it when the hands swell and they have a rash when your pregnant.

What is it when the hands swell and they have a rash when your pregnant.

Depends: Many pregnant women get swelling of hands and feet but usually towards the end of the pregnancy. This will sometimes improve some during sleep and then return as they are up for the day. It is not typical to get a rash on the hands, unless the two are not related. There is a type of eczema that is on the hands and has little blisters and very itchy. See provider to correctly diagnose. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you feet and hands swell andgo numb?

What does it mean when you feet and hands swell andgo numb?

Depends: The symptoms you describe can be associated with diabetes, heart disease, and non diabetes related neuropathy. You should see your doctor for a comprehensive evaluation. ...Read more

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What does it mean when my hands swell, feel tight and turn red?

What does it mean when my hands swell, feel tight and turn red?

Joint, soft tissue: There can be a lot of reasons. You could have arthritis issues. You could have neurologic issues such as carpal tunnel. You could have vascular issues. You could have endocrine issues. You need to discuss these and other possibilities with your physician and get the appropriate evaluation ...Read more

Hand Swelling (Definition)

What you injured depends on where you stabbed your finger. Regardless, you should apply pressure to the finger to stop the bleeding, but avoid strangulating the finger. Best to seek immediate medical attention to determine ...Read more


Nocturnal (Definition)

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