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My girlfriend is experiencing pain at her fingertips. There are

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Posted on Sat, 23 Mar 2019
Question: My girlfriend is experiencing pain at her fingertips.
There are sores developing there. Thought it was just dry skin splitting, but she has been using hand balm and other lotions for some time.
This has been going on for 3 weeks now.
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Answered by Dr. Dorina Gurabardhi (35 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Kindly more details are needed.

Detailed Answer:
Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

I understand your concern.

There are many medical conditions that can cause pain in the fingerprints.

More details are needed to help me through the diagnosis.

Can you upload a photo for more details

Is the skin of the fingertips normal or does it show any redness or cracking?

Does she suffer from any other medical conditions such as diabetes?

Is she taking any medication currently?

I will be waiting for your response to help you better.

Meanwhile, I suggest to use Calmine lotion for temporary relief.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Raju A.T
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Follow up: Dr. Dorina Gurabardhi (5 hours later)
There is redness just by the fingernail and skin has split in some spots. Extremely painful to touch.
Also has RA. Taking methotrexate for that.
Pramipexole for restless legs
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Follow up: Dr. Dorina Gurabardhi (3 minutes later)
Happened this last XXXXXXX Lasted for 4 weeks before it cleared up. Has been fine until 2 weeks ago.
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Answered by Dr. Dorina Gurabardhi (7 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Probably the symptoms are related to rheumatoid arthritis.

Detailed Answer:
Hi again dear,

The symptoms of your girlfriend seem to be related to rheumatoid arthritis.

I suggest her to use anti inflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen 400 mg three tablets a day.

I also recommend to use a moisturiser to apply frequently at the hands.

To relieve the pain she can also use warm compresses and do regular exercise of the fingers.

Hope my answer was helpful.

Feel free to contact me again for you need further clarification.

Take care dear,

Dr.Dorina Gurabardhi
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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My girlfriend is experiencing pain at her fingertips. There are

Brief Answer: Kindly more details are needed. Detailed Answer: Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice. I understand your concern. There are many medical conditions that can cause pain in the fingerprints. More details are needed to help me through the diagnosis. Can you upload a photo for more details Is the skin of the fingertips normal or does it show any redness or cracking? Does she suffer from any other medical conditions such as diabetes? Is she taking any medication currently? I will be waiting for your response to help you better. Meanwhile, I suggest to use Calmine lotion for temporary relief. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.