31 Jul Help for Serious Finger Swelling
Can’t get your wedding ring off? Has your fingers or hand suddenly swollen up to alarming proportions and you can’t figure out why? It’s a scary situation that brings many patients to Mend Clinic, but the majority of the time finger and hand swelling isn’t serious. Still, you need to rule out potentially dangerous underlying causes and treat the swelling so you can regain comfort and peace of mind.
Swelling In The Hand
Swelling in the hand and fingers can be caused by many things, including sprains. Sprains and strains are some of the most common orthopedic complaints. Our hands are full of tendons and ligaments, and are often overused thanks to mobile devices and summer sports, which makes them a hot bed for sprains and strains. A common side effect of a sprain is swelling, which can be painful and look unattractive but isn’t dangerous.
Reasons Why Limbs Swell
Being in the same position for extended periods of time, such as a long plane ride, can also cause swelling in the hands and feet. It’s why compression socks are recommended and you should always get up and walk around at least once an hour on long-haul flights. Swelling in the hands is less common from sitting than swelling in the feet, but it can still happen. Hydration is the best way to battle this type of swelling, so make sure you’re drinking at least eight ounces per hour.
An increase in your salt intake can cause some pretty severe swelling. It’s basically dehydrating the body, and one of the first signs that you’ve had too much salt is swelling in the hands. Again, hydration is key, but so is watching your salt intake. Those who normally eat a healthy, low-sodium diet but indulge in a cheat meal are at the highest risk. Your body is used to a moderate level of salt, and doesn’t quite know how to react when you give it a salt bomb. Allergies can also cause swelling, and in Oregon we’re in peak allergy season. Hives and swelling often go hand in hand.
Get Help If You Experience Unexpected Finger Swelling – Mend Clinic Urgent Care
Swelling can be a sign of a serious condition, which is why it’s important to see a doctor right away if you notice unusual foot or hand swelling. Still, try not to worry. It’s very unlikely that you are suffering from a serious condition causing swelling. Sprains, dehydration, and allergies are much more common causes. A doctor can rule out bone tumors, congestive heart failure, and other serious conditions. Call Mend Clinic at 971-204-8410 to book an appointment and be seen even faster than walk-ins.