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Pain and redness on the fingers. Have swelling on the distal joint. Arthritis or gout?

For the past week or two I have noticed redness with soreness to touch at the distal joint of my left index and middle fingers.. I also have slight swelling , but only at the middle finger distal joint...I do not recall any injury. The skin @ both joints is totally intact...I am 65, and concerned about arthritis or gout? Can you offer me information on this? Thank You.
Asked On : Mon, 4 Mar 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for posting your query,
According to your description , pain and swelling seems to be inflammatory in nature. It can be due to an acute attack of gout.
I advice you to give you rest to the part affected, take anti-inflammatory drug like motrin 1 tablet with food as and when required (upto 4 tablets daily) to reduce pain and inflammation.
I would suggest getting this evaluated by an orthopedician for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate management. You may get the X-ray of the area affected and some blood tests under his/her guidance.

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Dr Saurabh Gupta.
Answered: Mon, 4 Mar 2013
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