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Swollen thumb and its treatment - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   I am Dr XXXXXXXX here.
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   hi
User :   i wanted to know the reasons of skin inflation in fingers
Doctor :   Can you explain what you meant by skin inflation?
User :   my thumb is itching without any visible reason and after wards it is getting swolen.
Doctor :   Ok
User :   its also generating a sensation on touching
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   May I know since when are you having these issues?
User :   for last 3-4 days
Doctor :   Do you notice any skin color changes on the affected thumb?
User :   no skin color is normal
User :   its slightly moist though
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you have pain, burning sensation too?
User :   on touching it is there
Doctor :   Ok
User :   on stretching also
Doctor :   May I know your age and gender?
Doctor :   Have you had similar symptoms in the past?
Doctor :   Did you sustain any injury?
User :   no
User :   i am 25 year old male
User :   nopes
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me brief you.
Doctor :   Based on your description, since your symptoms is localised to the thumb it's probably a local allergy(erythema).
Doctor :   It could have been triggered by a local infection, injury such as prick injuries or any insect bite.
User :   i had been diagnosed with some thing called psoriasis by one of my doctor, could it be a reason?
User :   i had some pricks in feet
Doctor :   Psoriasis is a chronic condition and can be diagnosed by physical examination alone.
User :   are these symptoms related to reoccurence of that?
Doctor :   SInce your symptoms have been very recent, I cannot determine if the cause is either psoriasis or a local allergic reaction.
User :   hmm
Doctor :   Psoriasis is a recurrent condition.
User :   should i revisit a dermatologist?
Doctor :   But since, I cannot visualise the lesions, I cannot predict if the current symptoms affecting the thumb is due to your previous condition.
Doctor :   I would suggest you to report to your doctor to physical evaluation, in the mean time
Doctor :   avoid excessive scratching.
Doctor :   You can use local creams such as calamine lotion which can help reduce the itching.
Doctor :   Watch out for increasing size of the thumb, severe pain or redness that may appear.
Doctor :   If you develop such symptoms, you will need antiinflammatory medications along with antibiotics.
User :   hmm
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have followed?
User :   calamine lotion does not any sideeffects right?
Doctor :   No, its a local cream and doesn't cause any side effects.
User :   ok i will take
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   no thanks
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now.
User :   bye
Doctor :   Have a nice day!!!
User :   thanks same to you
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