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.
Heat and Humidity
As the temperature rises on hot summer days so can the swelling of your hands. This occurs due to the increased blood flow from temperature regulation.
Increased Salt Intake
Excessive Caffeine Consumption
Now, if you have eliminated these minor causes and continue to have swelling there could be a bigger reason why you have not been able to see a difference in your swelling.
Here are a few MAJOR causes of swelling:
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