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Recurring swelling over veins and fingers of hand, breastfeeding, has tendency on lifting heavy things. Suggestion?

Hi, alright now I have a 6 month old baby....I ve been suffering from this swollen veins and fingers in my right hand since last one and a half month....I ve never had this problem before....Although I used to get swollen and itchy fingers earlier when I used to lift heavy bags....but it s never been so prolonged it used to be like that for a few minutes and then go away....Today I noticed that it s showing up on my left hand as well.....it goes away and comes back mostly when I sleep on my hand....although it s never happened before....I ve been exclusively breastfeeding ....I m usually an active person even though on the heavier side...I ve been stationary for the last six months just feeding the baby.....But suddenly since last 2 months I started doing a lot of washing and cleaning bed sheets and blankets and quilts...I m wondering is it because of lifting heavy things...but then it should go away when I m not doing a lifting work.....but it hasn t so I m not really able to understand all this and I can t afford to visit a physician as of now.....because I m the only one caring for my baby. Please help!
Asked On : Fri, 1 Jun 2012
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Hi,

Thank you for your query.

The problem that you have described has nothing to do with breast feeding. Does it occur when you are standing and the hands are hanging loose by the side? This can be due to pooling of blood. If you move your hands frequently then the blood circulation will control this pooling in the dependant part.

If the problem occurs during the laundry then you need to check on the detergents that you are using. Allergic reaction to the detergent can cause slight swelling and even itching. If you can avoid doing laundry for a few days and the symptoms disappear then reaction to the detergent should be excluded.

Wishing you the best.
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General & Family Physician Dr. Rajendra Prasad Shaw's  Response
I THINK WHEN YOU SLEEP ON YOUR HAND THE BLOOD CIRCULATION DISRUPTED. SO, AT THE TIME OF SLEEPING DON'T PUT YOUR HEAD ON YOUR HAND. SECONDLY DECREASE YOUR HEAVY LIFTING THING. YOUR DETERGENT MAY BE ALLERGIC REACTION. SO AVOID YOUR LAUNDRY FOR A FEW DAYS. HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER.
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