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Painful Hand (one hand) Overview

Another name for Painful Hand (one hand) is Hand Pain.

What is hand pain?
A person with hand pain has discomfort in the location of the palm or the back of the hand. The pain may be caused by injury, inflammation or infection.

What are the symptoms of hand pain?
Symptoms that may be associated with hand pain include hand swelling, hand tenderness, finger pain, finger swelling, skin redness, fever, and red streaks on the skin of the hand.

How does the doctor treat hand pain?
The treatment for hand pain depends on the underlying cause. General treatment for hand pain may include rest, elevation, cold compresses, warm compresses, antibiotics, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

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Last Updated: Aug 19, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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