Swollen fingers can develop for a variety of reasons, including a medical condition such as arthritis, an injury such as a broken bone, or even a hot day. It’s the body’s natural healing response to extra fluid and blood in the fingers and can cause you to feel uncomfortable and/or unable to completely move your fingers. While it can sometimes be painful, swollen fingers are common and can be treated right at home.
Try these methods for reducing swelling in your fingers:
- Keep your hand/arm elevated. If you keep your hand down, gravity is keeping the extra fluid in your hand. Putting your hand/arm up will help the fluid go back into your body and reduce the swelling. Do this for as long as you need.
- Apply ice to the affected area.
- Wear a splint or compressive wrap. Do not apply too tightly. This will help massage fluid back into the body.
- Take anti inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen. This is especially helpful for those affected by arthritis.
Be sure to move your hand and fingers regularly to help pump fluid back into your body. If your swelling does not reduce after trying the methods above, contact a hand specialist as soon as possible. Your swelling may be a result of an infection. Prolonged swelling could potentially result in long term stiffness or even nerve damage, so don’t delay treatment.
Find a hand surgeon near you to discuss the best treatment options.