2. Too Much Sodium
Excess consumption of fried and salted foods may lead to swelling in the hands . The swelling appears along the fingers, from base to tip. The reason for this is that the body needs to maintain the sodium-water balance, so it compensates by retaining fluids in the hands and feet. The swelling usually goes away within a day, unless there is a lot of salt in your system. If this is a regular occurrence, try removing salt from your diet for a week and see if the issue persists.
3. Swollen Hands While Walking
If you feel like your hands swell after you have been walking, then you’re not alone. This is a common phenomenon that happens as a result of changing weather conditions, body temperature changes, and an electrolyte imbalance. Electrolytes are minerals that the body needs and their levels relative to water must remain balanced to prevent tissue swelling. When we sweat – we lose electrolytes, which can cause our body to swell as a result.
• Hold your hands close to your torso and move them parallel to the body, without letting them meet. If your hands touch at chest height you’re moving your hands incorrectly.
• Make sure you drink a lot of water before you go on your walk. This will prevent an imbalance in your salts/liquid ratio that may lead to more swelling. To make sure you drink enough, weigh yourself after drinking, then once more after the exercise. If your weight decreases – you did not drink enough.
4. Seasonal Swelling
This type of swelling occurs during the summer in both your hands and feet simultaneously, and can even cause swelling in your arms and legs. While this is an unpleasant occurrence, it's also temporary. Heat causes your blood vessels to swell, in order to cool our body faster. During these times, some fluids in your bloodstream may leak into the surrounding tissues, causing the swelling. This is normal and the swelling will subside on its own.
If the swelling is accompanied by pain, contact your doctor.
Lymphatic edema occurs when localized fluid retention and tissue swelling is caused by a compromised lymphatic system, which normally returns interstitial fluid to the thoracic duct and then the bloodstream. The swelling can spread to your arms and legs, and the skin will often feel taut or thicker than usual. Lymphedema may appear after a surgical procedure, or in rare cases from lymphoma. The first few times, the symptoms will disappear on their own but do not neglect this, otherwise, it will become a chronic condition.
At this time, there are no treatments to heal the inflammation, that is why early diagnosis is very important if you wish to keep your joints in a good condition, and be pain-free. If you notice symptoms similar to those mentioned above, ask your doctor for an X-ray of your hands. If the problem is the result of damage to the cartilage, it will be visible in the X-ray and the state of the inflammation can be determined.
In later stages, painkillers will be administered either via pills or through localized injections, along with personalized physical therapy. If the pain persists, consider acupuncture, as it has been shown to help some osteoarthritis patients.
7. Raynaud Syndrome
This is a disease that causes swelling in the hands due to a malfunction in the part of the brain that is in charge of your blood vessels, causing them to constrict in cold temperatures or when under mental stress. In the case of cold temperatures, people with Raynaud’s suffer from reduced blood flow to their extremities.
The sensation of swelling first appears in one finger, and slowly spreads to the rest. Other symptoms include a sensation of cold in the extremities, as well as discoloration and a tingling sensation in the fingers and toes.
If you've got swollen hands, there's quite a good chance that it is being caused by one of the above conditions. However, there are unfortunately quite a number of health issues that can cause swollen hands, so if the swelling does not seem to fit in with any of the above conditions, you might want to watch out for these triggers of palm swelling too, especially if other symptoms are also present:
• Cellulitis - a bacterial skin infection which causes tender, red skin to become swollen and warm.
• Insect stings - can be accompanied by redness, itching, and swelling.
• Insect bites - common symptoms include pain, itching, swelling, bumps, and redness.
• Oak, poison ivy or sumac - a toxin found in these plants causes an itchy, allergic rash, complete with welts and blisters.
• Multiple sclerosis - apart from hand swelling, MS is known to cause problems with movement, speech, and balance.
• Angioedema - swelling that occurs under the skin, and can also break out around the lips and eyes.
• Scleroderma - a rare immune disorder that causes collagen to accumulate and harden in the tissue.
• Brachial plexus nerve injury - can cause swelling, numbness and tingling in the neck, shoulders, and hands.
• Peripheral neuropathy - a nerve condition of the extremities that can induce pain, numbness and tingling sensations.
• Tendinitis - pain in the muscles or tendons, commonly accompanied by stiffness or swelling.
• Osteomyelitis - a bone infection that can cause pain, swelling, and redness.
• Cervical (neck) spinal stenosis - a spinal condition that typically causes weakness, pain, swelling or numbness in the neck, arms or legs.
• Dupuytren's contracture - a hand tissue condition that could cause the fingers to swell and curl.
• Lupus - a chronic autoimmune disease, typified by rashes, swollen joints, and swollen lymph nodes.
• Water retention - when too much moisture builds up in your body, your limbs may begin to swell up.
• Gout - a buildup of uric acid in the joints, causing fever, joint pain, as well as red and swollen joints.
• Pseudogout - a form of arthritis that resembles gout, causing pain and swelling.
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