Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
183 Doctors are Online

Having swollen wrist. It is red and warm. Not cured by antibiotic. Tender to touch. What should be done?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

General & Family Physician
Practicing since : 2007
Answered : 353 Questions
My mother has a swollen wrist and it is red and warm. Exrays show no problem. They put her on an antibiotic but it is worse today than yesterday. It is tender to the touch. She is 94 years old.
Posted Tue, 4 Sep 2012 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Neelam Ashish Vanjari 2 hours later

Thanks for writing in.
swollen and tender wrist in elderly can be due to different causes like wrist tendonitis/ trauma /carpel tunnel syndrome/ fracture.

But as X-ray is normal and clinical examination is already been done; we can start supportive treatment in terms of -
1] Ice packs to relieve inflammation. However, the ice should not directly touch the skin.
2] Anti-pyretic - analgesic tablets for pain free wrist e.g ibuprofen or piroxicam .
3] Resting the wrist and not undertaking any kind of strenuous activity, till the swelling and pain subsides, helps in fastening the healing process too.

As inflammation is progressing fast in spite of antibiotics, you need to see doctor again. Doctor may change medication or may advise support system for wrist.
I hope I have answered your query. In case of any doubt, I shall be happy to help you.
Best regards,
Dr. Neelam.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Lab Tests

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Sports Med Specialist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor