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Why is my ring finger painful and swollen? What can I do to resolve this problem?

Why is my ring finger painful and swollen? What can I do to resolve this problem?

Infection?: Possibilities include infection, inflammation, arthritis, insect bite etc.
Go see your dr for a thorough evaluation.
You may need to take antibiotics, and xray etc.
Try some over the counter tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil if you have no allergies or you are not on blood thinners (warfarin).
Take care friend! ...Read more

Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Finger Swelling (Definition)

Finger swelling can occur in many medical conditions. It can be objectively measured by water displacement measuring in some cases. It can be a sign of systemic disease, such as heart failure, or renal failure. It most often is a ...Read more


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Babys hand crushed in door. Her pinky knuckle looked squished in and there was instantly a deep purple bruise on ring finger. Swollen now but playful.

Babys hand crushed in door. Her pinky knuckle looked squished in and there was instantly a deep purple bruise on ring finger. Swollen now but playful.

Watch digit use: You can just watch. Generally if an infant guards or refuses to use the injured part further evaluation is definitely warranted. 1 concern would be if there is an injury to the growth plate. Kids are very resiliant and learn to adapt. I would watch overall use. ...Read more

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My ring finger is swollen the tip, and my other ring finger feels like its going to happen too?

Could be infected: Swollen fingers are a sign of fluid buildup or inflammation of the tissues or joints of your finger.
This could be due to many causes including serious infections, inflammation, and trauma. If you have pain, redness, or warmth with the swelling you need immediate medical care for a possible serious infection. I suggest checking this out further in a clinic. ...Read more

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My left ring finger is swollen a bit. I had to fight to get my ring off and now it won't go back on. It was fine about an hour ago. I just washed my?

My left ring finger is swollen a bit. I had to fight to get my ring off and now it won't go back on. It was fine about an hour ago. I just washed my?

RING FINGER SWELLING: FINGERS SWELL WITH HEAT AND GET SMALLER WHEN COLD. ALSO SWELL WHEN TOO MUCH SALT. TRY TO AVOID SALT. FINGERS ARE MORE PUFFY IN THE AM OF AFTER USE. IF YOU COOL THE HANDS THE RING WILL GO ON. USE SOAP TO LUBRICATE. IF THE RING CUTS OFF CIRCULATION AND YOU CANT REMOVE IT YOU CAN GET IT CUT AT AN ER OR A FIRE STATION. A JEWELER CAN MAKE A RING LARGER AND ATTACH A BAND TO KEEP IN FROM FALLING OFF ...Read more

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My ring finger sudden became swollen and I didn't hurt it. It has a bluish tint to it. What could it be?

My ring finger sudden became swollen and I didn't hurt it. It has a bluish tint to it. What could it be?

Many possibilities: Possible cause of your swelling may include sprain, bursitis, fracture, contusion, but of course there are a multitude of other possibilities. Get the feet inspected by a professional to determine the cause of the problem, as treatment varies depending on the diagnosis. ...Read more

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My ring finger sudden became swollen and I didn't hurt it. It has a bluish tint to it. What does this indicate?

My ring finger sudden became swollen and I didn't hurt it. It has a bluish tint to it. What does this indicate?

Bruising: You may have a ruptured blood vessel in your finger causing the internal bruising. Therefore the finger is swollen with the fluids and bluish color from the blood of the bruise. Breaking of a blood vessel can occur easily and commonly. Hitting your finger on something to the ring pinching the vessel. Ice the finger to limit the swelling. ...Read more

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My ring finger seems to be swollen and I haven't injured it. Any ideas why?

My ring finger seems to be swollen and I haven't injured it. Any ideas why?

Arthritis: You need an evaluation to see if you have inflammatory arthritis. There can be explanations so this is your best approach. ...Read more

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A basketball hit my ring finger and my finger is swollen, but it only has mild pain when I bend it all the way down. Is it broken?

Bone v tendon injury: Jamming your finger on basketball could cause tendon or bone injury. If pain on one spot when pressing = bone injury. If can't fully extend finger = tendon injury. Otherwise could be sprain and inflammation. First Aid: Tape to next finger, ibuprofen for inflammation, ice to reduce swelling, elevate hand to minimize swelling. X-ray if not improving in 2 days to document fracture. ...Read more

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My fingers are swollen mostly my 2ring fingers and my index fingers. I wake up because they itch and hurt. There are bumps and lumps on my ring finger?

My fingers are swollen mostly my 2ring fingers and my index fingers. I wake up because they itch and hurt. There are bumps and lumps on my ring finger?

Contact dermatitis: This could represent conta t allergy. Remove rings and treat with prescription creams. Patch testing to confirm diagnosis of nickel allergy can be done. ...Read more

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Hi I live in Charleston West Virginia and for about a year now my right ring finger has been swollen and it has no pain but I can not ben it al the wa?

53 years old?: It sounds like arthritis unless there has been trauma. A physical exam would probably be revealing. If not an xray would. (Charleston's great! - I lived in Wheeling for 20 years and visited Charleston often!) ...Read more

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What to do if I got hard by a basketball on my ring finger right hand its swollen what should I do?

What to do if I got hard by a basketball on my ring finger right hand its swollen what should I do?

Jam: You may have "jammed" or sprained your finger. Sometimes a fracture of the finger can happen when catching an errant ball. An x-ray can help determine if there is a fracture or not. Otherwise buddy taping the affected finger to an adjacent one should help relieve pain and offer stability. Try some ice and Ibuprofen as well! ...Read more

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My left ring finger is swollen due to heat football, I can't make it straight properly what shall I do?

My left ring finger is swollen due to heat football, I can't make it straight properly what shall I do?

ER-now: Possible joint infection or inflammation- go to ER or urgent care center now and get it tratment and xrayed ...Read more

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Dr. My ring finger of left hand is swollen from last 2 days. What does it mean?

Dr. My ring finger of left hand is swollen from last 2 days. What does it mean?

Varies: There are several potential causes. Presumably you did not injure it or you would have mentioned it. Other causes can include inflammatory or infectios causes. I would not hesitate to be seen. ...Read more

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Today I woke up with the inability to bend my ring finger on my right hand. It is painful and swollen. Any ideas...?

Today I woke up with the inability to bend my ring finger on my right hand. It is painful and swollen. Any ideas...?

Trigger finger: Sounds like swelling in the tendon that gets stuck in its sheath. Usually worse in the morning because hands often swell at night. Usually resolved by a cortisone injection. See your local hand surgeon. ...Read more

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When I push down with my fingers it hurts in the inside of my palm. The outside of my hand is very swollen. My middle and ring finger is hurting.

When I push down with my fingers it hurts in the inside of my palm. The outside of my hand is very swollen. My middle and ring finger is hurting.

See your doctor: This problem can only be solved by seeing your octor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more