Swollen fingers can be due to a number of reasons, but most of them are harmless. Generally, they are a result of fluid buildup or retention, inflammation, or insect bite.
Other times, swelling can be because of a jammed or sprained finger or any type of injury. Rashes can also cause swelling as well as exposure to extreme temperature. If you eat too much salt or you are experiencing intense hormonal changes such as when you are pregnant, swelling called edema may occur.
Whatever the cause of your swollen fingers may be, you definitely want to get rid of the problem. Thankfully, there are home remedies you can try that can help return your fingers to their proper sizes:
1.) Elevate your fingers.
Your fingers could be swollen because of poor circulation. The solution to this is to simply elevate your hands above chest level to improve blood circulation. This can also be helpful if the swelling is painful and may be caused by inflammation.
2.) Try contrast hydrotherapy.
If you haven’t heard of hydrotherapy, this is a type of treatment that uses water. Here’s what you will do:
- Get two bowls of the same size.
- Fill the bowls with water – one with warm water and the other with cold water.
- For about three minutes, soak the affected fingers in warm water.
- Then, soak the fingers in cold water for about a minute.
- Alternate the steps for at least 15 minutes.
- Repeat the treatment three times a day until your fingers return back to normal.
3.) Massage your fingers using warm oil.
Gently massage your fingers using warm olive or mustard oil for five minutes. This is effective for many people but if it causes you pain, make sure you stop immediately. Consult your doctor if the pain continues.
4.) Exercise the swollen fingers.
If elevating your fingers, as mentioned in #1, didn’t work for you, here’s another remedy to try. Exercising your fingers can also treat the problem that’s because of poor circulation. This also works if your fingers are swollen because of fluid retention and strain. When exercising, make sure you’re not wearing any rings. For one minute, simply open and close your hand for a minute each. Do this several times a day.
The food you eat may be the culprit behind your swollen fingers. Limit your salt intake, so that your fingers and your body don’t retain too much water. If swelling doesn’t lessen in a few days, visit your doctor. You may be prescribed with diuretics to get rid of the excess fluid in your body.