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4 Potential Warm and Red Hand Swelling Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a form of arthritis that causes pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of function in your joints. It can affect any joint but is common in the wrist and fingers. RA is an autoimmune disorder, meaning that it is caused by the immune system incorrectly attacking the joints when it shouldn't.

    RA is a chronic disease which requires lifelong control.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, joint pain, muscle aches, daytime sleepiness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Chronic Bone Infection of the Hand (Osteomyelitis)

    Osteomyelitis of the hand is a bacterial or fungal infection of the hand bones, typically caused by Staph Aureus (40-50% of the time). It is difficult to diagnose as the infection can come from a break in the skin at the area or anywhere else in the body that spreads by blood.

    Improvement during a 6-week treatment with antibiotics

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous hand pain, moderate fever, warm and red hand swelling, painful surgical site
    Symptoms that always occur with chronic bone infection of the hand (osteomyelitis):
    spontaneous hand pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

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  3. 3.Hand Bone Infection (Osteomyelitis)

    Osteomyelitis of the hand is a bacterial or fungal infection of the hand bones, typically caused by Staph Aureus (40-50% of the time). It is difficult to diagnose as the infection can come from a break in the skin at the area or anywhere else in the body that spreads by blood.

    Improvement during a 6-week treatment with antibiotics

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    moderate fever, spontaneous hand pain, constant hand pain, warm and red hand swelling, painful surgical site
    Symptoms that always occur with hand bone infection (osteomyelitis):
    spontaneous hand pain, constant hand pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  4. 4.Disseminated Gonococcal Infection

    Disseminated gonococcal infection (DGI) is an infection from a sexually transmitted bacteria known as Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It spreads to distant parts of the body beyond the original portal of entry and usually manifest by rash and arthritis.

    Several days to 2 weeks

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, joint pain, fever, chills, moderate fever
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Warm and Red Hand Swelling

  • Q.Do you have a rash?
  • Q.Where is your hand area swelling?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?

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Warm and Red Hand Swelling Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced warm and red hand swelling have also experienced:

    • 6% Hand Tingling
    • 4% Swelling of Both Hands
    • 3% Hand Numbness
  • People who have experienced warm and red hand swelling had symptoms persist for:

    • 36% Less Than a Day
    • 35% Less Than a Week
    • 13% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced warm and red hand swelling were most often matched with:

    • 3% Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • 1% Hand Bone Infection (Osteomyelitis)
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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