Why Do My Hands Swell?
You wake up ready to start your day and grab your toothbrush. Your fingers feel tight and stiff as you try to open your toothpaste.
Holding your toothbrush or making a fist is nearly impossible due to the swelling in your hand. The joints in your fingers feel sore and tender from the increased fluid.
There can be numerous reasons why you experience swelling in your hands. It can occur every morning or be more intermittent depending on whether you indulged in chips and salsa with a margarita the night before. Not that I’m speaking from experience…ok maybe I am!
What Is Swelling?
It's a buildup of inflammation or fluid around the tissues or joints of the hand.
Swelling in your hand can be a common, natural response especially if you have sustained an injury. However, excessive swelling can be more concerning because it can be an indicator of a more serious condition. Complications can include limited mobility, which could lead to severe deformities of the finger joints in your hand.
Whatever the reason, as always, it is important to speak with your physician to determine the cause of your swelling.
First, let’s address a few minor reasons as to why your hands swell.
Here are a few MAJOR causes of swelling:
A blockage of the lymphatic nodes or vessels leading to lymphedema.
Form of arthritis caused by excess uric acid.
Many medications are ridden with side effects; hand swelling is one of them. The most common medications known for its hand swelling side effects are, but not limited to:
Antidepressants (Tricyclic’s and MAO inhibitors)
Above all, I can’t say enough regarding how important it is to address any hand swelling concerns with your doctor.
The longer your hands swell, the more likely you are to have limited mobility, contractures, and deformities of your fingers. More importantly, your hands could be giving you warning signs of more serious conditions.
You should seek immediate medical care if you have:
Sudden onset of swelling in the hand accompanied with a high fever (over 101 F)
Your hand is red, feels hot or significantly warmer than normal
Unexplained weight gain