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Suddenly middle area of middle finger is swollen and purple. Cause?

Jul 2013
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all of sudden the middle area of my left middle finger is swollen and purple/?
Posted Fri, 2 Aug 2013 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. K. Naga Ravi Prasad 1 hour later
Hi, thanks for writing to XXXXXXX

Before I answer your query, I need some more information regarding your symptoms to analyze the cause and arrive at a possible diagnosis. Because there are numerous conditions that involve finger joints and so a detailed history is important.

Please answer the below mentioned questions and provide any more additional information that you have
* Duration of your condition.
* Do you have associated pain and fever along with swelling?
* Any history of minor trauma or injury?
* Is the swelling hot or warm to touch?
* Is this the first episode happening like this?
* Do you have swellings in any other joints?
* Is the swelling present on the bone or on the joint of the finger?
* Are you able to bend the finger at the involved joint?
* When did the swelling occured - Day or Night time ?
* Do you have any sytemic illnesses or other diseases like Diabetes, Gout, Thyroid diseases, Tuberculosis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriasis etc

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Follow-up: Suddenly middle area of middle finger is swollen and purple. Cause? 37 minutes later
Occurred 4 hours ago with no trauma etc. no fever swelling is between two joints. First episode and neither hot cold just numb. Swelling makes it hard to bend. No diabetes, Hoyt etched. No health prob
Answered by Dr. K. Naga Ravi Prasad 33 minutes later
Hi, thanks for the feedback.
As per the answers given,the swelling is of acute onset,no signs & symptoms of any systemic illness, no involvement of other joints in the body, no signs of any inflammation. All these findings exclude either infective or inflammatory cause. And the only possibility being ALLERGIC REACTION to
* any food item that has been taken
* any simple medicine consumed earlier
* any insect sting ( propably mosquito bite )

Take any Anti histamine preparation for 1 or 2 days and hopefully it should the swelling. If not, consult your treating doctor for further workup.

Hope this helps. Good day
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