The Conditions Of Your Hands Can Indicate Inflammation, Infection, And Other Important Health Issues

Date July 10, 2019

Our body is like a well-tuned machine, with all its intricate pieces interconnected. When something is wrong inside, you may learn it from the outer signals the body gives out.

One of the most meaningful health displays is a person’s hands! Medical experts, such as neurologists, cardiologists, and dermatologists, say that the hands’ condition helps in diagnosing and foreseeing important malfunctions in the human body prior to medical tests.

Here are 10 conditions to warn you that something is wrong with your health:

1. Stiffness and pain in the hands

The stiffness and pain in the hands are a sign of inflammation. Doctors may diagnose you with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, lupus, vasculitis (inflammation of the blood vessels), scleroderma (a connective tissue disease), and dermatomyositis (a skin and muscle disease). If the pain and stiffness do not go away but intensify with time, it is crucial to see a physician.

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2. Swollen hands

If the hands get swollen, it may indicate an inflammatory bowel disease, which usually causes swelling in the ankles and knees as well. This occurs less often in hands, though.

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3. Painful, red or purple finger nodules

This condition is almost certainly a symptom of a bacterial infection of the heart valves, called endocarditis, especially if it occurs with fever and sweating. This disease triggers bleeding under the skin of the palms, or under the nails, causing the red or purple color.

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4. Tremors

The hands' tremor may be a signal of a neurological disease, which is important to diagnose early. If the tremor is observed in one arm while it is in a resting position, it may indicate Parkinson's disease. It usually comes in combination with stiffness in the limb and slowness in movement.

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5. Pale fingers turning blue

If you are in a stressful situation, which provokes nervousness or excitement, you may observe the fingers skin color change. It turns pale and lifeless at first, then changes to blue. In most cases, it is a sign of Raynaud’s disease, and it is not dangerous. It’s a temporary loss of blood flow to the fingers or toes, caused by an abrupt change in temperature or a sudden emotional overbalance.

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6. Scaling and pustules

The red scales and white pus bumps on the hands' skin surface may indicate psoriasis. This condition affects the nails, too, as they partially separate from the skin and turn yellow because of the yellowish staining under the nails. If you notice changes like these, consult your doctor as soon as possible.

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7. Pale hands and nails

If you have extremely pale hands and nail beds, it may be a symptom of anemia – the condition that decreases the levels of healthy red blood cells, thus lowering your ability to carry oxygen to your body tissues.

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8. A weak grip

Saying hello and shaking hands with someone gives you a clue of a person’s heart health! According to Harvard Medical school, there is a correlation between the strength of the grip and the cardiovascular system function. Therefore, the difficulty to perform a strong handshake may signal a weak heart and a risk of developing a cardiac disease.

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9. Excessive palm-sweating

Palm sweat is normal if it occurs once in a while. However, excessive hand sweat on a regular basis is a sign of hyperhidrosis. It is usually a genetic condition that does not occur during nighttime.

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10. Blisters and red bumps

Oozing itchy blisters, irritated and dry skin, or a red rash on your hands are symptoms of eczema.

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However, they can also be symptoms of a nickel allergy, one of the most common causes of allergic dermatitis. A lot of food contains nickel such as beans, chocolate, peanuts, soy, oatmeal, and granola. If this relates to you, you may exclude nickel-containing products from your diet and observe the changes.

Moreover, you may get an allergy through wrist accessories containing nickel, and even due to a cellphone.

If you notice some of these hands' conditions, do not rush to make your own diagnosis. Visit a medical expert in order to find the right treatment for your individual case.

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