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Worsening Thumb Pain Checker

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Top 3 Worsening Thumb Pain Causes

  1. 1.Nail Infection (Paronychia)

    Paronychia is an infection of the nail folds, typically caused by Staph. Aureus. Or a fungus.

    You should go see a retail or urgent care clinic in the next day or so. You can treat this with an antibiotic such as clindamycin or bactrim.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous finger pain, fingernail pain, fingernail swelling
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit

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  2. 2.Normal Thumb Pain

    Thumb pain can be caused by a host of things, but is often idiopathic (without cause).

    Your thumb pain looks like it is variation of normal, which doesn't require any treatment, for now. You can take over the counter pain medication to relieve the pain. If anything changes, please check in again.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    thumb pain
    Symptoms that always occur with normal thumb pain:
    thumb pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.De Quervain's Tenosynovitis

    De Quervain's tenosynovitis is a painful condition affecting the tendons on the thumb side of the wrist. If you have de Quervain's tenosynovitis, you will feel pain upon turning your wrist, grasping anything, or making a fist.

    You should visit your primary care physician to confirm the diagnosis and discuss treatment options. You can also reduce pain and swelling with over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve).

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    hand numbness, hand weakness, thumb pain, weakness in one hand, numbness in one hand
    Symptoms that always occur with de quervain's tenosynovitis:
    thumb pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Worsening Thumb Pain

  • Q.How long has your thumb been hurting?
  • Q.Does this hand movement cause you pain? (This is known as Finkelstein test.)
  • Q.How severe is your thumb pain?
  • Q.Let's examine your thumb a bit. What makes your thumb hurt worse?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our worsening thumb pain symptom checker.

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Worsening Thumb Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced worsening thumb pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 30% Over a Month
    • 27% Less Than a Week
    • 18% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced worsening thumb pain were most often matched with:

    • 40% Nail Infection (Paronychia)
    • 40% Normal Thumb Pain
    • 20% De Quervain's Tenosynovitis

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