What other symptoms might occur with hand swelling?

Hand swelling may be accompanied by other symptoms depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. For example, hand swelling due to an infection may be accompanied by fever and chills, as well as redness and warmth around the affected area.

Symptoms that may occur along with hand swelling

Hand swelling may occur with other symptoms including:

  • Fatigue

  • Fever and chills

  • Hand lumps or bumps

  • Hand weakness (loss of strength)

  • Numbness or tingling

  • Painful or tender areas

  • Rash

  • Reduced range of motion or movement in a joint

  • Stiffness

  • Swollen joints

  • Wrist swelling

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, hand swelling may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have hand swelling along with other serious symptoms including:

  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)

  • Red and warm skin

  • Unexplained weight gain (may be from excessive fluid buildup)

INTRODUCTION

What is hand swelling?

Hand swelling is a sign of fluid buildup or inflammation of the tissues or joints of the hand. Hand swelling, which is also called edema, can also result from serious infections, trauma, and other abnormal processes.

Depending on the cause, hand swelling can last for a short time, such as when it occurs during or after exercise. Chronic hand swelling, or swelling that builds up o... Read more about hand swellingintroduction

CAUSES

What causes hand swelling?

Hand swelling can be caused by relatively minor conditions, such as fluid retention during premenstrual syndrome or pregnancy. Swelling can also be due to injury or trauma, infection, inflammatory conditions, and other abnormal processes.

In some cases, hand swelling is a symptom of a serious or life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency settin... Read more about hand swellingcauses

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 2, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

This Article is Filed Under: Bones, Joints and Muscles


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