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3 Potential Worsening Thumb Pain 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.Nail Infection (Paronychia)

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

    Great prognosis. Recovery in the next two weeks

    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).

    1-2 days

    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.

    4-6 weeks with treatment

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    hand numbness, thumb pain, hand weakness, 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.Let's examine your thumb a bit. What makes your thumb hurt worse?
  • Q.About your [wrist], do you notice:
  • Q.Does this hand movement cause you pain? (This is known as Finkelstein test.)
  • Q.How would you explain your thumb pain?

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Worsening Thumb Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced worsening thumb pain have also experienced:

    • 21% Swollen Thumb
    • 7% Thumb Pain
    • 6% Joint Stiffness
  • People who have experienced worsening thumb pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 32% Less Than a Week
    • 24% Over a Month
    • 22% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced worsening thumb pain were most often matched with:

    • 39% Normal Thumb Pain
    • 19% De Quervain's Tenosynovitis
    • 2% Nail Infection (Paronychia)
  • 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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