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Swelling, warmness, pain on the radial side of the hand, redness along with enlarged blood vessels. What is the cause?

I have a pain in my right hand on the radial side. There s swelling warmth and pain. There s redness and seem like enlargement of blood vessels in that area.
Asked On : Sat, 24 Mar 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

All your symptoms are suggestive of superficial thrombophlebitis (inflammation in the superficial vein) in the arm.

To confirm the diagnosis of this condition, a doppler ultrasound is necessary.

Superficial thrombophlebitis is usually a short-term condition that does not cause complications. Symptoms generally go away in 1 to 2 weeks.

To reduce discomfort and swelling, support stockings and elevation of the affected limb are recommended.

A warm compress in the form of moist heat fomentation to the area may also be helpful.

Non steroidal antiinflammatory medicines like Advil or Aleve reduces the pain & inflammation.

Appropriate antibiotics are needed , if there is an associated infection.

I suggest you to consult a physician for detailed evaluation and further management.

Hope this information is helpful. Good day

Answered: Thu, 20 Mar 2014
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