Finger, Hand, and Wrist Problems, Noninjury Home Treatment
Home treatment may be all that is
needed for a finger, hand, or wrist problem.
Remove all rings , bracelets, watches,
or any other jewelry from your finger, wrist, or arm as soon as you notice
swelling. It will be harder to remove the jewelry after swelling
rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) for pain and
swelling. Treat hands sensitive to cold by avoiding and
protecting your hands from the cold. Avoid sleeping on your hands,
which may decrease blood flow to your fingers. Treat blisters on fingers or hands. Stop, change, or take a break from your activities.
Medicine you can buy without a prescription Try a nonprescription
medicine to help treat your pain:
Talk to your child's doctor before switching back and
forth between doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen. When you switch between two
medicines, there is a chance your child will get too much medicine.
Safety tips Be sure to follow these
safety tips when you use a nonprescription medicine: Carefully read and follow all directions
on the medicine bottle and box. Do not take more than the
recommended dose. Do not take a medicine if you have had an
allergic reaction to it in the past. If
you have been told to avoid a medicine, call your doctor before you take
it. If you are or could be pregnant, do not take any medicine other
than acetaminophen unless your doctor has told you to. Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than age 20 unless your doctor tells you to. Symptoms to watch for during home treatment Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home
treatment: Pain or swelling develops. Signs of infection develop. Numbness;
tingling; or cool, pale skin develops. Symptoms continue despite
home treatment. Symptoms become more severe or frequent.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
October 11, 2012
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