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Old 03-27-2008, 07:55 PM   #1
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Swollen back of my hand

I was working in the garden yesterday weeding and piling up old wood and metal to take to the dump when I noticed the back of my hand was sore. Today it is swollen from my wrist to my knuckles. It only hurts when I make a fist. Went to a walk-in but they had no answer just ice and elevate. This is not working, the swelling is increasing. Any suggestions?

 
Old 03-27-2008, 11:19 PM   #2
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Re: Swollen back of my hand

jama6,

My guess is that it's a spider bite, and that the fluid buildup is your body trying to deal with the (non deadly!) poison. I've learned to wear gloves and long sleeves and long pants and a scarf tied around my hair in the garden. Things drop out of trees when I'm minding my own business and bite me on the scalp. {{{shudder}}} I get large bumps on my head from creepy crawlies everytime I forget to put on the scarf.

It should start going down withing a day or two with a bit of ice pack for a few minutes at a time. If not, go back to the doctor and insist that they take you seriously.

--Rheanna

 
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