01.03.2019
Spas Spasov

Swollen fingers – why it happens and how to treat it

The swelling of the fingers is quite an unpleasant phenomenon, which may be every one of us had experienced at least once in their lifetime. There are many and different reasons it can occur, some of which are absolutely harmless, and others – not really. Let’s take some time to discuss those reasons, as well

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The swelling of the fingers is quite an unpleasant phenomenon, which may be every one of us had experienced at least once in their lifetime. There are many and different reasons it can occur, some of which are absolutely harmless, and others – not really. Let’s take some time to discuss those reasons, as well as the various ways to treat finger swelling and the proper way to handle any possible ring removal problems, connected to it.

Why does it happen?

  • Water retention – it happens mostly when your diet includes too much salt or sodium. When that kind of improper diet is combined with not drinking enough water, this makes the body cells react by keeping larger amounts of water. As a result, different parts of your body may appear to be swollen, especially your fingers;
  • High temperatures – it’s a normal reaction of the body to expand its blood vessels when the weather is hot. The same results may temporarily occur when you’ve been outside in the cold for some time and you get back in;
  • Pregnancy it’s well known that pregnancy can cause swollen fingers and this is normal in most of the cases. Anyway, if the swelling is severe or it happens very suddenly, you should consult that with your physician at once, because it might be a sign of some more serious condition;
  • Different medical conditions such as lymphedema, osteoarthritis, Raynaud’s Disease, carpal tunnel syndrome, and many others could also cause swollen fingers. All of those should be carefully examined and treated by a medical professional, so if the swelling is occurring often if it’s severe or painful – don’t hesitate to go to a doctor.

How to treat swollen fingers?

Sometimes finger swelling could cause quite a discomfort, especially if you’re wearing a metal ring that you can’t remove easily or at all. Here are some things you can do to treat and reduce finger swelling:

  • Mind your diet – before trying to solve the problem, try not to have the problem in the first place. Reduce the amounts of salt you consume, eat your greens and make sure you drink enough water on a daily basis;
  • Soak your hands in cold water – you already know that cold prevents swelling. Soaking your hands in cool water or even placing some ice on them could help;
  • Put your hands up high – silly as this is, it could actually help the fluids go down and it might make your current situation a bit better

How to remove a ring from a swollen finger?

Well, CAREFULLY. Trying to remove a ring (especially a metal ring) from a severely swollen finger could cause a serious injury or even ring avulsion, so make sure you perform that task with the proper attention it requires. After performing all of the tips above, add some soap or some oil on your finger and try to remove the ring slowly.

Silicone rings are absolutely the safest thing to wear in case you experience finger swelling often, because:

  • They are affordable – you can buy a few sizes and change them in case the temperatures are high or in case you’ve been eating not very healthy lately;
  • They are safe – even in case your silicone ring gets stuck, the chances of it causing any injury are almost inexistent. The silicone not only affords more “space”, but it is also designed to break in case of emergency, so you can remove it and move on without the fear of losing a finger;
  • It’s hypoallergenic so the chances of it furtherly irritating the skin of the swollen finger are lower, unlike the traditional metal ring.

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