What Causes Swollen Fingers?

· February 9, 2015

This has probably happened to you at least once: suddenly you notice pressure in your fingers and slight inflammation. They feel so swollen that you cannot even take off your rings. Sometimes this happens when you are walking or at mid afternoon. What causes this? The causes of classic finger swelling are various. We will explain below.

Bloating in any part of your body is usually caused by an accumulation of fluid. Your fingers are an area where excess work is very common. The cause of this accumulation of fluids is poor circulation, although sometimes it is a symptom of other diseases that you can prevent. It is worth knowing the symptoms.

Causes of Finger Swelling


1. Poor Circulation

Excess cholesterol, having high or imbalanced blood pressure causes your circulatory system to flow stronger and at a higher speed from your heart to your lungs. You get tired more and as a consequence, this circulatory intensity in your thorax gets imbalanced in your extremities as well as your fingers. Your hands feel colder and your fingers more swollen because your blood vessels open more and this translates into swelling and bloating.

2. Excess Weight

Obesity or having a few extra kilos causes changes in your lymphatic system, which makes you retain fluids in your hands as well as your feet. They feel bloated, your shoes don’t fit, for example, and you feel tingling by your slightly swollen fingers.

3. Swelling Due to Carpal Tunnel

When you have so-called carpal tunnel in your hands it is normal to have constriction in the blood flow in this area due to compression in the median nerve, which causes the asleep feeling in your fingers, along with coldness and finger swelling.

4. Because of an Allergic Reaction

Sometimes, foreign bodies can enter your body. In order to defend it, histamine is released in the blood flow to fight it. This sometimes causes swelling in your fingers. When you have this reaction, you need to take anti-histamines.

5. Infection

infection happens when germs enter your skin through an injury. Sometimes, just a small cut is enough. One of your fingers may start to swell and is in pain. Sometimes, a tissue can get infected and once it gets to the bone, it often causes a fever.

6. Rheumatoid Arthritis

The wear and tear of your joints and cartilage can sometimes and usually attack your fingers. What are the symptoms? Your age does not matter. Suddenly, swelling will happen in your fingers along with a crimson red color. It is painful, especially during the morning, and it is normal to have stiff and difficult to move fingers.

How to Treat Swollen Fingers

1. Exercises to Eliminate Tingling and Fluid Retention


  • You can decrease the retention of fluids by moving your fingers like the picture above. This movement makes your blood flow and pumps excess fluids out. Simply move your thumb inwards and outwards repeatedly. Something this simple allows you to reestablish the balance of fluids.
  • Another exercise that is also great is to put your palms together (as if you are praying) and raise them above your head. This will also help balance out your circulation.

2. Take Natural Diuretics


They will allow for the elimination of fluid retention in your body. First, try to drink two liters of water a day. Include natural foods with diuretic capabilities in your diet, like green tea, celery, carrots, tomatoes, onion, eggplant, asparagus, artichoke, watercress, cucumber, Brussels sprouts, and lettuce, for example.

3. A Balanced, Salt-Free Diet

Remove salt from your diet.
Remove salt from your diet.

If you have a diet rich in fiber and vegetables and remove industrial fats, additives, and salt from it, your body will improve and especially prevent fluid retention, which will improve your circulation and help you lose weight.

4. Compression Gloves


If you tend to have swollen fingers very often and they bother you, you can resort to compression gloves, which are sold in pharmacies. They are very useful in these cases. They put proper pressure on your hands and fingers, which releases excess fluids.