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Swelling on fingers with continuous pain and itching due to excessive salt intake. Is taking plenty of fluids a solution?

Hello. My name is Jim. I wanted to ask about salt intake. I have recently began to develop swelling on my fingers and they itch and pain incessantly... I mean like bloated fingers and swelling at joints where it is more predominant on my right had and foot . After research, it seems it may be due to salt intake. Is drinking more water a solution to flush out excess salt? As some sources stated that if it is water retention, then more water will make it worse? I am already seeking to reduce salt intake, but after a week there is no change.
Asked On : Thu, 13 Dec 2012
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The itching and swelling in your hand can be related to a higher salt intake. Other causes like thyroid imbalances, vitamin B 12 deficiency, etc also need to be ruled out.You can increase the water intake and decrease the salt intake for relief.
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.
Dr. Praveen Tayal
Answered: Wed, 19 Dec 2012
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