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Upper Extremities & Hands

If your upper arms itch, odds are you have dry skin or eczema. But itching may also be a sign of an allergic reaction, infection, or inflammatory condition. Here’s how to figure out what’s going on and get the treatment you need.

Swollen hands can be caused by arthritis, fluid retention or being overheated. It can be painful or make it difficult to hold objects and dot daily activities. Sometimes, it is a sign of underlying health issues.

Found an intriguing armpit lump on yourself? Let’s get to the bottom of what may have caused the appearance of this abnormal mass.

A comprehensive guide to shoulder pain causes including diagnosis, neck pain and shoulder pain relief options.

Irritation around your armpit can be due to a pesky ingrown hair. But when it’s a sign of an enlarged lymph node, it could be a symptom for multiple conditions.

Bumps in the armpit can be painful, oozing, and or itchy. Infections such as boils, abscesses or folliculitis are often painful. They may resolve on their own but often require medical evaluation for drainage and/or antibiotics.

Thumb pain may be accompanied by stiffness, difficulty gripping, swelling, and more, and causes range from trauma to infections and diseases. Read more to learn about thumb pain, causes, possible treatments, and more.

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Bumps on the upper arms are usually caused by common conditions such as skin cysts or pimples, though it's important to talk to your doctor to identify the cause and get the right treatment. Read more below to learn 9 possible causes of bumps on the upper arm.

Arm weakness can limit the range of motion of your arm—affecting your daily activities. Causes include injury from trauma or repetitive strain injury, nerve damage or compression in the neck or upper back, or a blockage in the bloodstream. Left arm weakness with chest pain may need immediate medical attention.

Injuries or trauma to your upper arm can cause sudden and serious pain in your triceps, biceps, or shoulder.

Sharp pain in the elbow can be caused by overuse injury, acute injury, or nerve compression located in the elbow or neck. Common causes of sharp outer elbow pain include tennis or golfer's elbow, and elbow dislocation, or an elbow sprain.

A swollen wrist is usually a symptom after a traumatic injury, including wrist sprains, bruising, or bone fractures. Other causes of swelling in the wrist can arise from overuse or arthritis which is caused by inflammation of the joints. Read below for more information on causes and treatment options.

When you have cold fingers, they may feel nearly frozen, with a sharp pins-and-needles sensation. You may notice swelling, color changes, and numbness. And you may not be able to feel anything with your fingertips. Learn about the 6 most common causes.

Experiencing pain in both forearms could implicate repetitive strain from overuse, or trauma from an injury. Compressed and damaged nerves, or a wrist sprain can cause aching and sore forearms. Read below for more information on causes and treatment options.

Understand your finger pain symptoms, including 10 causes & common questions.

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Hand numbness is commonly the result of an injury or conditions that put pressure on nerves in one or both hands, called nerve compression. Often this can feel like a dull burning sensation, numbness and tingling, or pins-and-needles. Learn the causes and treatments.

Hands are made of 19 bones, 15 joints & 3 nerves. You can experience right or left hand pain. Hand pain may occur on the top of the hand or the palm. Learn more.

Hand weakness s often caused by compressed nerves and damage to the tendons of the hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome is usually the cause of a weak grip. Other causes include inflammation of the hand joints, tennis or golfers elbow, or an injury.

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Numbness in the left shoulder is often caused by low-urgency conditions that can be treated by your primary care doctor, and range from common issues like a pinched nerve in the neck to uncommon conditions like brachial plexopathy.

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Pain in the middle knuckle of the finger is usually caused by trauma from an injury or inflammation of the joints within the hand. Rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis can cause swelling and knuckle pain.

Are you experiencing a painless lump under your armpit? Read more below to learn 9 possible causes, questions your doctor may ask, and more.

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Your left or right forearm pain can be caused by a fall, diabetes, certain infections and immune dysfunctions. Learn more about forearm pain causes & symptoms.

Elbow pain should not be ignored. Conditions that can cause severe symptoms involve multiple areas of the elbow. Learn about the 7 most common causes of elbow pain.

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If you are experiencing shoulder blade pain, then you are not alone. This common condition can be caused by shoulder muscle overuse, rotator cuff tendonitis, or a pinched nerve located in the neck. Read below for more information on causes and how to relieve pain in the shoulder blade.

Are you noticing a hard lump on your shoulder? Lumps on the shoulder are often associated with traumatic events, however, causes can also be inflammatory, cancerous, or environmental. It's important to pay attention to the lump on your shoulder and its associated symptoms to determine if you should seek medical attention. Read below to learn 8 possible causes, treatment, and more.

Understand your shoulder pain symptoms, including 10 causes & common questions.

Wear-and-tear from repeated motion can do a number on your shoulder joint. Weight-lifting, sports like tennis, even aging can make the joint feel like it’s locking or popping after a lot of activity. Treatment is based on which of the shoulder's three bones is causing the pain.

A swollen elbow can get in the way of activities of daily living and things we enjoy such as sports (think golf and tennis). You may experience swelling, pain when bending or touching the elbow, redness, or warmth.

Often a swollen forearm is caused by insect bite or contact to certain plants. Forearm swelling with pain may be the result of trauma from an injury. You may also notice redness, sensitivity to touch, and swelling of the hand.

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A swollen thumb may be painful and affect your day-to-day activities. It can be caused by a bacterial infection within the nail, trauma from an injury, or inflammation of the thumb joints. A sprained thumb and arthritis are the most common culprits for a swollen thumb.

There are two main issues that may be causing your thumb pain if it's occurring near the fingernail. Learn how to treat it.

Are your fingers swollen in the morning? Is it difficult to remove your rings? Learn about the top 10 causes of swollen fingers and relief options.

Your armpits can become inflamed due to a variety of reasons, including body washes or deodorants. Most rashes can resolve with at-home care, but more serious rashes or redness may need a doctor’s evaluation.

A painful lump on your arm can be a boil, cyst, or inflammation of the skin—or as serious as a skin cancer.

A bruised upper arm can be painful and restrict your range of motion. The bruise is often purple or yellow, and often just needs time to heal. But sometimes there is an underlying cause.

The flu and other infections can make your muscles feel weak, but true muscle weakness can be a sign of nerve damage, a stroke, or muscle degeneration. Here are 7 reasons you might have upper arm weakness.

Muscle weakness in your arms can have a number of causes, ranging from common conditions like a pinched nerve in the neck, to rarer conditions such as brachial plexopathy (shoulder nerve issue). Read more below to learn what may be making your arms feel weak.

Pain in the collarbone most likely occurs from a traumatic injury like a fracture, dislocation, or strain. Other common causes of clavicle pain include a frozen shoulder, rotator cuff tendonitis, or even a shoulder strain.

When only one hand is tingling it is usually a sign of a pinched nerve. If the hand is under stress or repeatedly being used in the same position, carpal tunnel syndrome is a likely cause. But tingling in the left hand that suddenly extends to the arm and jaw could be a sign of a heart attack.

Hard, small bumps on the forearm are most commonly caused by skin conditions that form cysts, warts, or abscess. A hard, painful lump on the forearm can be caused by trauma from an injury, or even an insect bite. Other less common causes include fatty tissue growth that forms a hard lump under the skin of the forearm. Learn more below about other causes and treatment options.

Most of the time, itchy underarms are from something simple--deodorant you’re allergic to, soap that irritates your skin, or infected hair follicles. But it could also be a sign of a yeast or fungal infection.

It's normal for your elbow to pop once in a while. But if the clicking, popping, or snapping is persistent and it causes pain, when you bend or straighten your arm, you may have a treatable condition.

Poor posture, overuse, and injury can cause pain in both shoulders. You may notice it in your neck, too. Shoulder joints are very versatile, flexible, and mobile. This makes it easy for them to get strained. Pain can even be from another part of your body.

When you notice one arm is suddenly bigger, it can cause immediate concern. In most cases, the reason is because of trauma from an injury or repetitive strain. Other causes include deep vein thrombosis, a bone infection, and cellulitis. Learn more about what causes just one arm to become swollen and the best way to treat.

An armpit lump, or axillary lump, is often caused by swollen lymph nodes in the armpit. This condition can also be associated with tenderness or pain in the lump under the arm. A small or pea-sized lump in the armpit can also be caused by a skin infection, like a cyst, or ingrown hair. Read below for more causes and treatments options.

Your triceps is a large muscle in your upper arm that connects at the elbow joint. It is vulnerable to overuse injuries from sports, and may hurt because of injuries to nearby tendons.

Numbness and tingling in one arm can be as harmless as your arm falling asleep. But it may signal something more serious, such as a stroke.

Your elbow pain is normal and unlikely to be caused by a serious illness. If the elbow pain becomes severe, see a physician to diagnose your elbow pain symptoms

Painful lumps are usually a sign of swollen lymph nodes, an ingrown hair, or a cyst. Usually, it’ll go away on its own. If it doesn't or if the bump becomes infected, call your doctor.

While everyone’s hands get cold sometimes, when your hands are always cold, it can be a sign of an underlying condition, such as hypothyroidism or Raynaud’s phenomenon.

Thumb numbness can have many possible causes. This may include injury to any nearby components of the arm, wrist, or hand, temporary nerve compression from arm positioning, nerve root compression in the neck or nerve compression in the wrist (carpal tunnel syndrome), or even some systemic illnesses. Learn how to get relief.

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Bone pain is a tenderness or pain in one or more of your bones. It can be from an injury, or may be caused by underlying diseases like osteoporosis, sickle cell anemia, or even cancer.

Elbow injuries include breaking or dislocating the elbow as well as overusing the elbow, like when playing certain sports. Breaks and dislocations are more serious and need to be treated right away. Overuse injuries can often be cared for at home.

While there’s a lot that’s out of your control with frozen shoulder, there are ways you can help your shoulder heal as fast as possible.

Frozen shoulder improves on its own, but it can take time. Certain exercises can help you move your shoulder more easily. Learn the best stretches and strengthening moves to get better faster.

Hand tremors can have a simple fix, but it can also be from serious conditions like Parkinson’s disease or stroke. Here’s how to tell and how to treat it.

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Are you experiencing index finger pain and swelling? This condition may occur after a traumatic injury to the hand, a nail infection, or arthritis. A fracture or dislocation can cause bruising and index finger joint pain that will need immediate medical care.