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Why Is My Thumb Swollen
Several things can..: ...Cause a swollen thumb. If you do not have a history of trauma, this list includes stenosing tenosynovits (trigger thumb), tendonitis, degenerative arthritis, gouty arthritis, rheumatologic conditions, and infection. If the swelling last for more than a few days, I strongly urge you to see a board certified hand surgeon for a comprehensive evaluation. ...Read more
Hard to tell: Mild swollen due to generalized fluid retention like in nephrotic syndrome, heart failure, end stage cirrhosis, severe malnutrition might not accompany pain. Trauma, infection and inflammation that cause swelling will cause pain. We need to see and do examination to answer your question. A local physician can help you with that. ...Read more
I woke up with my right thumb swollen and it kind of hurts to bend it's also warm to the touch but I didn't hurt it or anything but I was texting all?
Probbably tendonitis: Overuse of tendons causeinflammation. Suggest icing the finger down, nonsteroidal antiinflammatories, and steroid injections or topical application can be helpful. ...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
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
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
Swollen thumb: See your doctor to determine whether it is a bite or an infection. ...Read more
Ice: Best to ice limit use and take anti-inflammatory ...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
Raynaud's disease: I need more info, but based on your description you could have a condition called raynaud's disease, especially if that happens after exposure to cold water and/or exposure to cold weather, this is better discussed with your regular physician.. ...Read more
Always a reason: There is always a reason - you may just not remember anything happening to the thumb. If no pain and movement is ok, then you can certainly just watch, elevate and see what happens. If the thumb is bothering you in any way, then you should be concerned and have it checked out. Body parts don't discolor and swell for no reason. ...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
Old thumb injury aches/burns up to wrist. Both knuckles on that thumb swollen. Ice/meds temporary relief only. What can I do?
Hand surgeon: Old injuries can heal but the joints may be chronically inflamed due to the old injuries. Chronic inflammation can result in arthritis. Anti-inflammatory medications, ice, steroid injections, splinting, can all help a symptomatic joint. A hand surgeon can help you with proper injections and followup. ...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
Arm stopping at my shoulder, not only is the thumb swollen my whole hand is, do you think its broken or sprained, what to do?
Swollen hand: I would go to er asap and have it studied. You are young and there is always a reason. The docs will track it down. ...Read more
I have a swollen thumb at the joint and its very painful and a bit hot. There hasn't been any trauma to it. Any ideas what it could be please?
Fall onto hand, swollen thumb and palm area, is it a broken scaphoid, have broke same scaphoid twice before the 2nd time never got it checked out?
X-ray: A simple x-ray of the scaphoid should answer your question... With a follow up one week later if negative to rule out an occult fracture. ...Read more
Hand caught between door jam and dog leash. Pulled hard. Now swollen thumb, cold and tingly, but I can move it. Very bruised. Broke?
No guesses: I am sorry, but unless you have an x-ray there can be no diagnosis. ...Read more
Fall onto hand, swollen thumb and palm, have I broke my scaphoid it hurts to grip and prod the bottom of the thumb, have broke scaphoid twice before?
Scaphoid fracture: I would be very suspicious of a scaphoid fracture. An xray is imperative. ...Read more
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