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Top 4 Warm and Red Hand Swelling Causes

  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.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will coordinate care with a specialist. RA is a complex disease, which can require prescription medication to help slow down the damage to your joints, as well as pain killers such as ibuprofen (Advil), or naproxen (Anaprox and Naprosyn). Exercise, especially swimming, can also help with pain and stiffness.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, muscle aches, joint pain, 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.

    You should seek immediate medical care at an ER, where diagnosis of osteomyelitis can be established through x-rays and culturing fluids. Treatment involves antibiotics and removing the infected tissue (by surgery).

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous hand pain
    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.

    You should seek immediate medical care at an ER, where diagnosis of osteomyelitis can be established through x-rays and culturing fluids. Treatment involves antibiotics and removing the infected tissue (by surgery).

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous hand pain, constant hand pain, warm and red hand swelling, moderate fever, 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.

    You should visit your primary care physician to confirm the diagnosis and discuss treatment options for managing symptoms.

    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.Is your hand swelling getting better or worse?
  • Q.How long has your hand been swollen?
  • Q.Is your hand swelling constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.How swollen is your hand?

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Warm and Red Hand Swelling Symptom Checker Statistics

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

    • 10% Shortness of Breath
    • 6% Joint Pain
    • 6% Anxiety
  • People who have experienced warm and red hand swelling had symptoms persist for:

    • 36% Less Than a Week
    • 31% Less Than a Day
    • 17% Over a Month

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