Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties

168 Doctors Online
Doctor Image
MD
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

Should the ER be visited for swelling and pain in the thumb after an injury?

I am a 65 (almost 66) year old female. I fell yesterday and landed on the thumb of my right hand. Since then my thumb has swollen, is getting more and more purple and now starting to throb. I was going to wait until the morning to call my doctor, but not sure if I should wait to have it checked out. What do you think? Thank you.
Mon, 27 Aug 2018
Report Abuse
Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Hi,

It is possible of fracture or injury to the soft tissue around to it. Local inflammation lead to edema and erythema.

Need to take test, use oral painkillers medication. Use cold and warm compression. If symptoms not improved please consult your doctor he will examine and treat you accordingly.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
I find this answer helpful
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]
Share on
 

Related questions you may be interested in

doctor1 MD

My son slammed my right thumb in the car door yesterday and it bruised strate away and it s still swelling I can t move it I can t even put anything on it with put it shooting pain to my wrest and arm what should I do? Should I get it looked at? Or wat u think? Thanks Louise

doctor1 MD

Burned by sparkler on Fourth of July. Burn occurred over right thumb joint , skin had white charred appearance with pain. Ran under cold water , area swelled quickly after. Joint pain in thumb ( feels like it got hit with a hammer) Swelling is starting to subside , no sign of infection present.

doctor1 MD

Last night I fell and caught myself with my thumb which bent upwards followed by a lot of pain, there wasn t too much swelling but felt stiff and sore , however couple of hours ago I accidently tried to use it and it seemed to pop out a little and now is red around the base of my thumb, and has swollen up, what should I do ? go A&E or just leave it be