Swollen Painful Toes Itchy

Swelling foot is really annoying, painful and even prevents you from doing your daily tasks. It is recommended to get a proper medical check-up because swelling foot can be a symptom of various serious medical conditions like arthritis and nerve circulatory problem.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Itchy painful toes? What is the course?
    Two of my toes have become really itchy and they have little bumbs on them and they have swollen. What is this? I know for a fact it is NOT ATHELETES FOOT. So theres not point suggestion it because i know what atheletes foot looks like and this is not it. It has been snowing where i am though and it is winter could this be a reason?

    • ANSWER:
      I am not a doctor, so if it's too the point that you need medical attention, then don't trust my answer too much, but i've had this exact problem for over a year. i find that its actually embarrassing for me because i will try to scratch my toes on the rug or carpet or something for relief. its horrible! and i have the little bumps and everything as well. there are sprays and things out there to help, but i've found that just when im at home, after you've gotten out of the shower, dry your feet and toes REALLY well, like pay extra attention to drying them. ill warn you, the drying will make it itch since you're messing with them with a towel, but your feet need to be clean and dry. once they're dry, just apply everyday neosporin to the toes that are causing you problems. you could also use an itch relieving cream like cortizone or something. treat this like you would an itchy bump on any other part of your body.. just use any rash/itch cream that you would use on your arms, legs, etc.

      hope that helps! it works a bit for me. if it becomes miserable though id probably see a doctor.

  2. QUESTION:
    my small toe is red and swollen. it is itchy and painful when wearing shoes. there maybe puss underneath.?
    any ideas on what it could be?

    • ANSWER:
      You may have a fungal nail infection or an ingrown toenail.It's worth getting it checked out by your doctor.

  3. QUESTION:
    swollen lower leg, painful shin and below knee?
    leg feels warmer than other one , itchy swollen painful to touch after nights rest swelling gone but painful to touch still, ok to walk , pins and needles in toes at night. what could it be have rested up as much as i can housewife mother of two and work evenings, have 1 hour rest in day but been like this for two weeks pain going up leg painkillers do nothing for it.
    doctors booked thanks for all info guys.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the doctor mate - sounds like it could be a blood clot/deep vein thrombosis/embolism.

      Needs to be looked at, but if it is a blood clot, making sure you get it dealt with before it travels to the lungs or heart is essential.

  4. QUESTION:
    PLEASE HELP!!!!!!! Thorn in my foot very painful swelling and itchy?
    PLEASE HELP ME! 2 days ago at Track Practice I was running barefoot and got a thorn in my foot (the one closest to the big toe on the left side, it got stuck right where the toe and foot connect), it hurt like crazy and i had to stop and pull it out. There was this goeey stuff at the part where I pulled on it to get it out. I think it was white. My toes started swelling along with my whole foot It kind of hurt to walk on it that day and the next. It felt like there was a big tube in my toe whenever I would bend it. I iced it that night the swelling is gone now (almost all of it) after 2 days. Last night it was really itchy I woke up a few times itching it. Now ther is this red scrape looking thing where i itched it. What is it and I need to know fast if it is deathly I have a big Track Meet in 2 days and I need it to go away now! PLEASE HELP ME!

    • ANSWER:
      suggest you get your but to a doctor, you could have blood poisoning.

  5. QUESTION:
    Why causes my toes to do this and how to treat it?
    Recently, the second toe on each foot has gotten swollen, itchy and extremely painful. I have no idea how or why it got this way and it would hurt to walk on it. Right now it's stiff and I can't bend it whatsoever or else it's in excruciating pain. Any help?

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  6. QUESTION:
    Swollen toes, i don't know what to make of it?
    i have this weird thing going on with my feet. both my feet have these swolen lumps oging outwards where the little toes connects with the foot. it isn't bony, just swolen, and i have it on both feet. there is also a small litttle swolen bump on my right pinky toe. they sometimes are a bit itchy, or even painful. i have no idea what it is. any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like your growing a 6th toe! haha! go ask your doctor?

  7. QUESTION:
    Why have I got itchy, red swollen patches on my feet?
    The last 3 weeks I have had red, swollen itchy patches on my feet. They can become very painful, to the point where I am limping around.
    The area that itches and is swollen can move each day, around the toes, by my ankle, on the side, on the sole, and from foot to foot. The skin is not broken or flaky.
    It is driving me insane, partly because of the itching and partly because of the swelling and pain.
    I have been prescribed anti-fungal cream, and 2 different steroid creams, which have been no help as yet!
    Does any one have any ideas as to what could be causing it, and what might help.
    Thank you!!!

    • ANSWER:
      It might that because the area around the foot can easily be moist from your shoe, skin can become very itchy and loose because of contact with liquid. I have a foot which is extremely flaky, and sometimes when it gets to itchy, I get the red patches. All because of the itching.

      It is best that what you are doing know will help the patches heal, avoid scratching them and maybe wear thin light socks

  8. QUESTION:
    Really, really bad swollen toes?
    OK, so this is a little random, but for the last year or so my toes will often swell up for a few days for no reason. They get really fat and red and feel hot and are actually really painful especially if I try and bend them and also they feel a bit itchy? It happens completely randomly, I can't find anything common to the times they swell, I don't wear shoes that are too tight. Any ideas what it could be? It lasts 2/3 days, then goes...
    And, I googled "swollen toes" it came up with articles about gout! There's no way I have gout! I hardly drink any alcohol and I'm a vegetarian!!!

    • ANSWER:
      There are a number of reasons. You don't need to drink a lot to get gout. My dad has gout, and he hardly ever drinks. It could just be water retention, or if you walk a lot you could just be overly sensitive. Does it happen around your period? That would explain a lot. Try taking ibuprofen, or a diuretic, see if that helps. If not, you may want to talk to a doctor. It could be Edema, which can be serious.

  9. QUESTION:
    My toes were frostbitten...?
    now my pinky toe is red, swollen and extremely painful. its itchy yet it hurts. is there anything i can do to minimize pain while it heals? is it able to heal?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to go to the doctor, they can give you a topical cream for the pain and itchiness, get to the dr so they can help you prevent further damage or infection

  10. QUESTION:
    Toes swelling from broken leg cast?
    Hi, I broke me leg couple of weeks ago and have a cast up to my knee for six weeks. At night my toes become like big fat sausages and are really itchy and then not so bad in the daytime. Putting foot up doesn't make any difference to the swelling. The cast itself is comfortable enough (as far as a cast can be called comfortable!), but the discomfort in my toes is awful. I do have a corn on my toe which is also extremely painful and swollen and not getting any better even though no weight is being put on that foot. Is my problem caused by the cast (thinking maybe water retention at night and ankle swelling?) or could the corn be infected? Just don't want to bother the fracture clinic as they're really busy or do I just need a visit to the chiropodist? bit of a crystal ball question this.....

    • ANSWER:
      If your toes are swelling you need to go to A and E and they will sort your cast out, although the cast feels alright, it proble isnt a good fit.

  11. QUESTION:
    Swollen,itchy foot, what can this be?
    It started on saturday as a small spot on top of my big toe that started to itch, i didn't think anything of it. Now almost my whole foot is swollen ( double the size) and is really painful and also where it is swollen it itches really badly. The spot where it started itching on saturday has three small blisters on it that have popped and are now oozing a clear fluid. I am at a loss at to what this can be, I have looked everywhere online but cant find anything about it. I will go to my doctor about it tommorow since it is independence day today and nothing is open. If it helps i live in the caribbean.
    I wasn't bitten by anything I was just doing my routine dog grooming on saturdays, (because thats my weekend job) and after that it started

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Sounds like the malady may be an allergic reaction to something that is toxic to the liver/kidneys AND/OR a bacteria_fungus i.e. ringworm and/or yeast infection but it's hard to tell without seeing and learning the details about what one has been eating breathing and applying to the skin. SEE <> https://health.google.com/health/ref/Ringworm <> Monistat 7 will likely kill any fungus in a few days and better micro-nutrition will keep it killed and will also strengthen your liver lymph and kidney systems to handle allergic reactions with less suffering in the future.

      IF you think it may be an allergic reaction - although it may be a difficult process - try to identify the triggers from cosmetics meds nuts milk grains other-foods chlorine-water-in-showers etcetera by discontinuing them until the symptoms stop and then beginning them again to see how the body reacts. If you are like me you may start to see allergies to many things because the root problem for me was a severely weakened liver from too many nutritional supplements that were toxic and I never knew it until it was almost too late.

      After several months of pruritus Urticaria that began during the colder months of November inside a gas heated low humidity home, I have identified enough of my own triggers to allow my legs to heal with only a super-minimal amount of coconut cream and water rubbed on my skin and a minimal number of full body showers.

      After several applications my lymph glands have become severely allergic to petrolatum products that are similar to Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, and common sense has now taught me that any petroleum products should always become toxic to anyone’s kidney and liver with repeated applications. I had flare-ups immediately after I had applied organic olive oil so I eventually changed to minimal amounts of coconut oil after I had used a minimal amount of a petrolatum steroid for a few days to allow my legs to heal up. I also have flareups when I eat over 150 calories of nuts and/or milk fats and/or oils, but these usually flare up about three hours after eating them, but the olive oil always took about five to thirty minutes to begin itching.

      Skin diseases can always return again and again and again and can get much much worse over time if they are not resolved. Soo after reading your symptoms I would strongly encourage you to seek out a 'good' doctor or a ‘good’ nurse and s/he will make a knowledgeable medical diagnosis and thoroughly explain the causes preventions and solutions much better than anyone on Yahoo_Answers could do without being able to see you personally.

      Also, to know how difficult or easy it should be for a doctor to make a ‘good’ diagnosis - I encourage you to also become a ‘good’ medical diagnostician from your doctor’s advice and your own research through Yahoo_Answers and via browser searches.

      FOR HELP WITH PICTURES & INFO SEE:
      <> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeast_infection <>
      <> http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/skin-rash/SN00016 <>
      <> http://dermatology.about.com/cs/dermphotos/a/dermgallery.htm <>
      <> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dermatosis_of_pregnancy <>
      <> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gestational_diabetes <>
      <> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skin_disease <>

      ITCHINGS & RASHES/BLISTERS CAN BE CAUSED BY EITHER:

      * an allergic reaction to ‘toxins’ in one’s food or skin applications or meds or air (i.e. molds or smoke or vapors) etc.

      * fungal bacterial = thrush yeast_infection jock_itch ringworm etc.

      * viral = measles smallpox etc.

      * parasitical = scabies_mite lice etc.

      * inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut = pellagra scurvy beriberi rickets etc.
      <> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pellagra <>

      * either sun or hormonal or stress related or a combination of the above that make it difficult to find a definite cause
      <> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/formication <>

      I truly hope what you learn will help you to decide on the correct choices that will remedy your painful experience of pruritus-itching and rashes in the future.

      My best to you and yours,

      AI – a self taught nutritionIsT ><+>[(-:]

      PS - IF you are interested, I feel I have become a quasi-expert on rashes and pruritus itching after many years of off and on flare ups due to my own nutritionally related asthma and gallbladder disease that ‘continued’ to become heart disease and T2 diabetes and then non-alcoholic fatty liver disease with either PBC or PSC. So you are not alone. Many many people suffer from pruritus and I have learned very late in my own disease(s) that when it is nutritionally related most doctors do not tell their patients that inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut and liver ‘might’ be the root cause and the best solution, and is also the most likely cause to the pruritus and liver diseases that are currently overwhelming our American culture. So to do my part to make a difference in the world I now take a little time each week to help others understand why better micro-nutrition absorption in the gut is so important, and I have posted much of my own story via the link at: <> http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091025223942AAni6lC <>. I hope you will have learned something today from my own mistakes and would not duplicate them – please pass on what you will learn from your own malady to your family friends neighbors and acquaintances. My best to you and yours. AI - nutritionIsT ><3>[(-:]

  12. QUESTION:
    Please tell me what's wrong with me! Bizarre health symptoms?
    I've been suffering from a range of odd symptoms for a while now. From the beginning of Feb. 2009 till now. I'm desperately seeking relief from these symptoms.

    A little about me: I'm 22, 5'0, 155 pounds

    I have: OCD (on 50mg of Zoloft) and PCOS (on 100 mg of metformin)

    My SYMPTOMS:
    - Hands: Red, swollen, itchy, painful with stiff fingers (Sometimes
    I notice my hands are stiff in the morning even without the rest
    of the other symptoms)
    - Scalp: Itchy, slightly red, large bumps all over my head. Hives
    maybe?
    - Lips: Swelling of the lip, usually uneven so that only part of my
    lip is swollen
    - Feet: usually really itchy around the hair follicles on my big toes
    but occasionally elsewhere on my feet. They also get warm and
    slightly red.

    Other possibly relevant information: According to my BMI i'm overweight but you wouldn't think it looking at me. I've got a lot of muscle mass and most of my fat is concentrated in my stomach (i think this is because of the PCOS and my insulin resistance). However, for the past 4 years I've hardly been eating healthy since I've been a college student living away from home which hasn't helped my weight. I'm at the heaviest point i've ever been in my life and am desperately trying to lose weight.

    I've seen a doctor at my school's student health facility and they've run a bunch of blood tests on me, all of which came out normal (triglycerides, thyroids, HDL, LDLs, things like that). They've assumed its an allergic reaction to something but I really doubt it because the onset of my symptoms are really random and sporadic. There is no discernible pattern of things i've touched or eaten.

    Please help me! I've researched lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Lyme Disease and a bunch of other things, none of which seem to fit me exactly. I'm not even sure if my symptoms are all related, but I really need to find some relief. This is taking over my life! The symptoms went from occurring every once in a while (in feb.) to every couple of days now.

    Please help, I beg you.
    I forgot to add, the first time this happened, I was in Vietnam on vacation. I had been there for about a month at that point.

    Plus, i used to be on 250 mg of zoloft but I am trying to get off the medicine. I'm down to my last 50 mg a day.

    Thanks for all the responses so far!

    • ANSWER:
      Ouch! This definitely sounds like an allergy. I would suspect many foods and medicine at first, because it is possible that one could develop an allergy later in life. I myself have become mysteriously and mildly allergic to dairy, after 24 years of drinking milk without issue.

      First off, you might want to see what happened in February that changed everything. New prescription? Switch to a different brand of healthy food (yogurt, milk, cheeses, peanut butter, eggs, etc)? Did you switch laundry detergent? Is there a new kind of plant you are being exposed to (sounds like poison ivy maybe)? Is there a smoker in your home or are you smoking? Any of these items could be the culprit.

      Good luck, and try calamine lotion, it might help.

  13. QUESTION:
    Why do people react so differently to bee stings?
    I got stung by a yellow jacket on my toe yesterday, and my whole foot is swollen, red, itchy, and extremely painful (enough so that I took vicodin), and i know it will be for a few days.

    How come some people can get stung by the same type of bee, though, and have no problems, etc.?

    Is it just because some people are more sensitive to bee venom?
    =) Vicodin is a prescription pain medicine.

    I hate bees; my foot looks like a pink marshmallow!

    • ANSWER:
      Ouch =( Hope your foot is better soon!!

      I think it's because people are allergic/intolerant to stings and some people aren't. Just as some people can eat nuts, dairy products etc without a problem and for others it could be fatal. It's all part of how our body works - I don't know what causes allergies, but some people are allergic to things others aren't, and bee stings are one of them. Looks like you're allergic to them =(. I don't know what Vicoden is, but I'm assuming it's an antihistamine of sorts? If it hasn't started improving within a day or so I think it's a good idea to go to the doctors.

  14. QUESTION:
    itchy red rash on feet small bumps strep throat?
    i went to the doctor last week and they said i have strep. my throat/tonsils are very swollen. fairly painful. three days ago my feet became very itchy and since then a rash has formed on my heels and toes. its red with very small bumps. my throat is still sore and the roof of my mouth is a bit swollen. i have not yet been back to the doctor. does anyone have any idea what this could be? or where i could maybe narrow down a possibility?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are taking a medicine you could be having a reaction to it.I don't thnk this has anything to do with your step throat.You need to call or go see your Dr.You could have goton bit my Something.

  15. QUESTION:
    What could these painful joints result from?
    I had a low grade fever last week and this weekend, not surpassing 101.3 and I had nausea up until two days ago (Sunday) and I had thrown up on Friday and had a lot of bad gas caught in my stomach. On Sunday I had to go to urgent care because my doctor wasn't open and my fingers and toes were swollen and were itchy in stages, and some hives would pop up, then go away, etc. They drew blood and my platelet levels and white blood cells were fine, and they were shipping it out to the hospital to test it to make sure my liver and kidney function , etc was okay. We haven't gotten those results back yet (we should later today) but now I'm having a new problem that I wasn't having when I went to urgent care. They gave me medicine so I didn't swell anymore or itch but now yesterday my joints started hurting. They felt like someone had taken them apart and put them back together wrong. It was mostly my ankles, wrists, and one of my knees, but has progressed to my shoulder as well and some of my toes...also, I don't know if I'm being paranoid but when I stretch my jaw big it seems to hurt on the right side, and my neck seems like it's gonna start doing the same thing, but I have an anxiety disorder and worry bout everything so I'm not sure...I'm only 14, and I probably will go to the doctor later today...but this is painful and makes everything hard to do...thanks for any help.

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  16. QUESTION:
    painful bug bite...help?
    i have something on my toe that looks like a mosquito bite but over the past two days, its become very swollen and painful. its not itchy at all it just hurttss. i was walking and hit it in a chair and just about died. does anyone know what it could be and how long ill have to wait for it to go away?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like a spider bite. It's not necessarily dangerous, but I think you should go to your doctor. I was bitten by wolf-spider when I was about 8 and I needed some sort of medicine to make the swelling go down.

  17. QUESTION:
    I have a spider bite on my toe and can't get medical attention right now and i am uninsured what should i do?
    I was at a friends house and i only have one pair of shoes and they were wet so i went outside at nght with just socks on instead of shoes and socks and i felt something bite me and i found out my socks had holes in them and a spider crawled in and bit me i wash it daily and put triple anti biotic ointment on it is there anything else i can do it is read swollen itchy and painful any help would be appreciated

    • ANSWER:
      oops wrote my answer in the sorces so read below!

  18. QUESTION:
    What Could Be Wrong with My Toes?
    I am a seventeen-year-old girl. For the past maybe three years I have been having a recurring problem with my toes. Everyone few days to months (usually two or three at the most), they start to become itchy, slightly swollen, a bit discoloured (pink-red and a little but of a dark-ish grey cover that is mostly on my big toes), and they become very sensitive to pain. Even lightly scratching one of my toes can be quite painful. The symptoms usually start on my right foot and then spread to my left foot. Recently, when the symptoms start to appear, they even spread to the area on my foot above my toes in little splotches. My toes and the areas where it started to appear partway up my foot have left the spots affected discoloured pink-red, and pink-red with a grey-ish cover on my two big toes. It also leaves dead skin on some of the spots. The symptoms on my toes only appear on top and on the bottom of my toes, not in between them.

    If it matters, a bit less than a year ago I once experienced spams in my toes, feet, and legs, starting in my right foot, then my right calf, and then spread to my left foot then left calf. I had just been walking with my mom and the spams starting coming and going for no reason. I had not suffered any leg injuries or anything. I went to the emergency room to get it checked out but the doctor said he couldn't find any reason, and to just come back if it happened again. It hasn't happened since but I don't know if it could be connected to some other problem.
    I avoid scratching, and I never go barefoot in locker rooms or anything. The only place I go barefoot is in my house. My dad and brother never report problems, but my mom sometimes says she gets athlete's foot, though I think she's probably confusing it with something else. She always thinks something like a cut or some other thing on her toe, or an occasionally itchy nose as some other problem that to other people is obviously not it. The symptoms also occur when I haven't gone anywhere other than my house without shoes on for weeks.

    I don't play any sports, but I do attend a fitness class five times weekly. I haven't gotten any injuries, though.
    I really doubt I would be getting athlete's foot every few days to two or three months for three years.

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  19. QUESTION:
    How long should effects from a bee sting last?
    I stepped on a bee a week ago on Sunday. The stinger was pulled out and that night my toe got a little swollen. During the week, it got really itchy, but the swelling subsided slightly. Then it got red on the top of my toe (the sting was on the underside) in a weird shape that looked like a birthmark. Now that it's a week later, the swelling has increased again to where it's a little painful to wear my normal work shoes.

    Is it typical for bee stings to last this long and for the swelling to go up again?

    • ANSWER:
      No thats not right. I got stung by a bee and the effects lasted for like 5 to 15 minutes. My toe was a little puffy but it stopped hurting on the same day.I think that you are having an allergic reaction. You could be allergic to bees. If it keeps hurting get it checked out by the doc.

  20. QUESTION:
    how do you know if youre allergic to bee stings?
    I got stung on the toe more than 24 hours ago, and my whole foot is still swelled up, very itchy and painful and red. ive never been stung before. what can i do to make this stop

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  21. QUESTION:
    Need help diagnosing...vasculitis or chilblains?
    I have been to the doc and had him stumped! Two weeks ago my second toe swelled up, skin shiny and dark red, hot to the touch. It went through a series of changes over the last two weeks...painful, hot, itchy, etc. One week ago several red spots occured on the bottom of three of my toes (including the swollen one). They are all fading, but still a mystery. The doc tested me for a plethera of things and all came back negative. In our family we have a history of Lupus, etc. I am positive for the Epstein-Barr Virus...I am tired, no energy, aching joints...

    I have been reading on the net about chilblains and vasculitis. Does anyone have any info. I can go off of or suggestions about how to find some answers?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.dermnet.com/moduleIndex.cfm?moduleID=22

      this one has pics on it

  22. QUESTION:
    Athlete's foot or an allergic reaction?
    A couple nights ago I was sitting outside and my toes started itching, which I assumed were mosquito bites because I was wearing sandals and there were a lot out. Anyways, I was stupid and itched the toes and the itching spread to the top of my foot and of course I itched that too. Now I have an itchy, swollen, and slightly painful foot. Its not really dry which makes me think it wouldn't be athlete's foot. I'm just trying to self-diagnose before I run to the doctor because of a mosquito bite. Any ideas?
    It is smooth except for a few broken spots from scratching. My husband made me soak them in salty/soapy water last night and it helped a little but they're still pretty darn itchy! lol

    • ANSWER:
      allergic reaction. Soak them in concentrated salty solution

  23. QUESTION:
    Third toe on right foot swollen?
    So the third toe on my right foot is swollen. And then no other symptoms. Its not painful... no hot to the touch. Maybe just a little bit itchy?

    Anyone know what could be wrong??

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  24. QUESTION:
    help please?
    I have a blister on my pinky toe. I don't know where I got it from. It is itchy, painful, red, swollen, and when I walk it hurts. Does anyone know what it is and what I can do about it?

    • ANSWER:
      Blister Care
      If you get a blister, you'll want to relieve your pain, keep the blister from enlarging, and avoid infection. Signs of infection include pus draining from the blister, very red or warm skin around the blister, and red streaks leading away from the blister. Small, intact blisters that don't cause discomfort usually need no treatment. The best protection against infection is a blister's own skin. Larger or painful blisters that are intact should be drained without removing the roof. First clean the blister with rubbing alcohol or antibiotic soap and water. Then heat a straight pin or safety pin over a flame until the pin glows red, and allow it to cool before puncturing a small hole at the edge of the blister. Drain the fluid with gentle pressure, then apply an antibiotic ointment such as bacitracin with polymyxin B (double antibiotic ointment) or bacitracin alone. Avoid ointments that contain neomycin because they are more likely to cause an allergic reaction. Finally, cover the blister with a bandage. Change the dressing daily.

  25. QUESTION:
    Mysterious medical problem?
    I have this really strange problem. I've seen a few different excellent doctors about it and I know that I should definitely take their word for it but I just wanted to see if anyone out there has any clues, similar cases... just a fresh opinion. Nobody really knows what this is. My doctors passed it off as just a developmental thing.

    In the winter, my fingers and sometimes my toes get really really itchy and swollen. Sometimes the joints are painful. We've considered arthritis, but tests all came back normal. Urine samples, blood samples- all normal. It never happens in the summer, only in the middle of the winter when I'm stressed out, too, I guess by highschool homework. So stress has been considered too.

    It only happens to a couple fingers: my left pinkie, my right first finger & middle finger, sometimes my thumbs. Occasionally big toe. I often have to apply pain relieving medication to the joints, and soak them in hot/ cold water/ ice/ warm and cold cloths. Sometimes they prevent sleep... SO ITCHY!

    Are there any ideas? Even tentative help is appreciated. Thanks.
    Oh also, just wanted to mention that even after this question gets "resolved", please continue posting because we probably won't have gotten an answer in a week. :)

    • ANSWER:
      please, don't worry:

      for all such complex problems, the best and safest way is acupressure techniques. and u may try aloe vera juice --30 ml.=+ 1 tsp of honey t.d.s.

      ACUPRESSURE TECHNIQUES:

      With ur thumb, press Ur/his/her palms and soles, wrists and ankles on both sides. As a last point u must press middle part of each palm/sole; so that toxins, if any, shall be excreted/purged through urine without affecting the kidneys.
      It should be done in an empty stomach or after 2 hours after meals. With this, all the endocrine glands and their hormonal secretions shall be regulated. All internal organs shall function up to optimal levels.

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  26. QUESTION:
    Am I having an allergic reaction to spider bites, or what?
    almost a week ago, i noticed this slightly painful blister-like swelling on my toe... it hurt and itched a bit... now, several days later, it's gotten quite a bit larger, and i have another on a toe right next to it. now, my first bump is purple. it's slightly painful, but it's more itchy than painful now. there's no puss or anything, and i don't think the spider was extremely poisonous (recluse or black widow) because i'm not having any other symptoms and my toes aren't rotting ;]
    anyway, besides that, the tips of three of my toes are getting this tingly feeling, like they're falling asleep, and it's painful besides that. am i having an allergic reaction to a spider bite (or a few spider bites)? what else could it be?
    *pus, oops, lol

    • ANSWER:
      It could be a spider bite, maybe not. keep track of it to make sure it wont get worse and ask a doctor!

  27. QUESTION:
    Chilblains?
    OK, these are really bugging me; I have very bad circulation, and as such am naturally prone to chilblains. I've had them before, but not as bad as this! I got this 'batch' in late September, and they still haven't gone away. My toes are swollen and purple and itchy, and it's very painful.
    Also, I have started developing hard lumps on the knuckles of my index fingers which feel like hard skin but don't itch at all, could this be related?

    • ANSWER:
      I HAVE CHILBLIANS!!! NOW!!!
      i went to my dermatologist and she gave me a medicine thats called CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE its a prescription that is an ointment and its helping me alot!! i get ALOT of chilblains too!!!!

      GO SEE UR DERMATOLOGIST IMMEDIATLY!!!!

  28. QUESTION:
    Itchy Bull Ant Bite?!?
    I live in Australia and i was in Canberra a few days ago, i was walking alongside a river on the sand when i felt a sharp pain in my toe, it felt a lot like a bull ant bite and probably was, there's a little red dot where the bite was and my toe has swollen up and itches like crazzzyyy!!!! it's really painful, is there any kind of home remedy thing i could use to help decrease the swelling and take away the itchiness??

    • ANSWER:
      You got bitten by a Jumping Jack.

      You need to obtain from the Chemist some Phernergan 25 antihistamines.

      This will decrease the swelling and itching.

      I've been bitten myself. It's enough to drive you crazy!!!!!

  29. QUESTION:
    Really painful foot - could it be broken? or just bruised?
    I kicked my desk really hard last night and now I have a huge bruise across the top of my foot (right at the base of all my toes) It is not really swollen that I can tell but I can barely put a shoe on and it hurts to put weight on my foot. I also can't bend my toes without pain. The bruise is also super itchy,

    I generally have a high pain tolerance and I broke my foot this summer (the other one) and walked on it for a month before getting x-rays. I pretty much screwed that foot up for life and I don't want that to happen to this foot too. Is it really possible that I could have broken something by just kicking a desk though? What should I do about it?
    the pain is not in my toes though - the reason I cannot bend them without pain is because it sends shooting pain across the top of my foot

    • ANSWER:
      See a doctor. ASAP :|
      it sounds bad. only an orthoped can give you the correct diagnosis and advice.

      take care.

  30. QUESTION:
    Wasp sting RE-swells after a few days?
    A few days ago, in Greece, I stepped a bug. I didn't see it (so it could have been something else, technically) but me and my family were pretty sure it was one of those big fat Greek wasps. Either way the bug came off worse, but I still got a nasty sting in my second toe. I had all the normal reactions, it was painful and swelled up, and we treated it with some after sting stuff which helped it a bit. It healed up okay, my foot was a bit puffy and sore the next day, but after a couple of days was totally fine. But I woke up just now and my toe has swollen up, it's gone numb and really itchy, and I can't move it. I understand it's normal for things to sometimes heal slowly, but it was fine and then it came swelled up again. Is this normal?
    Can't you see the stinger though? 'Cause I can't see anything in my toe, but that would make sense, thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      That has happened to me before, and the reason for mine was because the stinger was still stuck in my skin. I did a little research and found out that copper helps remove the stinger. try taping a penny to your toe, that should help :) Good luck.

  31. QUESTION:
    healing from arthroscopic ankle surgery?
    i got my surgery last thursday (it's been one week) and i got the bandages off around noon on sunday & had band-aids placed over the 2 incision sites - i had torn the cartilage (very badly) and it needed to be reattached - he said he used a laser to "glue" it back together, but i assume he means he pretty much soldered it
    at first it was very swollen, painful, and started changing colors but i figured it was normal & put ice on it/kept it elevated, but didn't worry too much
    the swelling has gone down a bit but i've noticed that the top of my foot is numb (i can feel pressure but nothing touching the skin) & i've had random toes and spots on my foot get that "pins and needles" feeling that sometimes lasts a few seconds to a few minutes - could this be nerve damage due to the surgery or is it normal?
    i do have allergies to topical things, and the band-aids seem to be making me a bit itchy - can i leave them off for a little while? is it ok to expose the still sutured incisions to air for a little while if i don't let them touch anything?
    when pulling the band-aid off today (i'm supposed to change them after my daily shower) it sent a pain shooting into my toes that hasn't gone away in the last 25 minutes or so - it really hurts

    i called my dr tuesday but he was in surgery - i told his nurse what was going on & she told be about 8 times that i should start keeping it elevated and putting ice on it - she didn't seem to hear me every time i responded by saying that's exactly what i am doing
    the dr was in surgery & she said she'd let him know but i was sleeping the next morning when he did call back - he left a message that made it sound like he was just checking on me on his own and hadn't heard that i called... i don't want to keep calling 'cause i don't want to be a pain if this is all normal - but it doesn't seem normal to me

    anyone know?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm answering this 4 days after you asked the question, but I was going to recommend you just head for the ER. Sometimes doing so makes a "statement" to your MD and staff. It says to them that yes, indeed you are suffering, and "Pay attention! I need help!"

  32. QUESTION:
    problem with my feet?
    the best way i can describe it is like blisters or large hot balls under the skin of my feet - it happens when my feet get quite hot. I don't even need to be walking on them long. When they 'blister' i can hardly walk on them its so painful, it only apears on the ball of my foot - it also makes my toes swell and is so so itchy - I have tried popping the blisters and sometimes clear liquid comes out. I will go to doc but just wondered if anyone knew what it was? Or how to stop it!

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds gross. See the doctor.

  33. QUESTION:
    Pain in my foot and muscle contraction?
    Recently i had many muscle contractions in my leg and they used to be quite painful. My mum told me that i have a lack of vitamins in my body. One morning i woke up and started having pain in my left foot in "below my toes" area. During the day it became swollen and when i walk it hurt. When im not even touching it i have a weird Itchy feeling. What it could be?

    • ANSWER:

  34. QUESTION:
    I have no idea what this is?
    My second toe beside my pinky has been itchy,red,swollen,and hurting for the past month.
    I've been putting some cream to stop the itching
    It works, but it's still painful when I touch it
    Any suggestions on what it could be?

    Thanks:)
    I've just been starting to put the cream on
    It isn't an allergic reaction, i'm not allergic to anything
    It looks like this sort of
    http://www.tltgroup.org/images/ChilblainsSMALLTOESWikimedia20080403Wintertenen.jpg
    on one toe

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like athlete's foot to me. Buy the spray antifungal. It is cooling and adheres to the irritated skin. If the area around the site is warm to the touch and has gotten larger, you should consult your doctor for a possible skin infection

  35. QUESTION:
    Really bad infection?
    I'm a 17 year old male. two days ago my left foot gradually swelled over a ~ 5 hour period. It's itchy and painful to touch/walk on. i'm taking perscribed antihistemines for it. I've notices that the pain is really strong when i stimulate circulation to my foot i.e stand up but when im lying down it's not so bad. it's getting worse and got to the point where i can feel numbness in my toes and the swelling is spreading up the foot. I'm feverish in the evenings (shivering a LOT). im getting small but sharp electric shocks from my heart ( this may be further caused by my heart weakness diagnosed when i was 12. a couple of minutes ago i've noticed that the skin under my fingernails turned purple so i decided to bathe my feet in hot water which apparently helped my fingernails. I've notices a lot of fruitflies in my room lately (if that's is relevant). what is wrong, please help!

    • ANSWER:
      I think your doctor should refer you to a specialist asap. Better still go to A and E and ask for an opinion now.

  36. QUESTION:
    Bullant sting, what to do?
    got bitten by a bullant on the sole of my foot and on my toe. 2 days ago and it's still swollen and very painful. the slightest touch makes it itchy and when i try to itch it there's an itchy pain that lasts for like 10 seconds. i've already tried aloe vera and that hasn't done much and i dont have lavender oil. dam bullants

    • ANSWER:
      go to your family doctor tomorrow morning. If you don't go to the doctor tomorrow, you might not have another chance to go before monday since friday isnew years eve.

  37. QUESTION:
    Am I allergic to bandaids?
    When ever I put them on my fingers or toes (I never use them anywhere else.) the skin beneath it either becomes very white and swells up forming ridges which are painful to try to separate or touch (this happens more often) and sometimes it becomes red and extremely itchy and painful to the touch.
    I change the bandage a couple times during the day or at least once a day.. I also try to give it a chance to air out and such at night. However by the time it's time to retire the bandage, the skin underneath the bandaid becomes extremely dry and starts cracking and peeling. (Just happened to me in the last couple of the days and now I'm trying to fix this..)

    I asked my friend if this was normal and she called me an idiot and said it happens to everyone .. but it seems impossible that everyone gets this pain when using a bandaid.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you're having an allergic reaction to the band aid. That's what happens to my grandson and we can no longer put a band aid on him.

  38. QUESTION:
    Bee Sting on toe causes entire foot to swell quite a bit.. anything I can do? How long will it last?
    Hello,
    Well, yesterday about 24 hours from now I was stung by a bee in between my 2 smallest toes, I accidentally stood on it, I got the stinger out by rubbing it out as soon as I could, and I put a cold pack on it for 5 minutes or so until it stopped hurting.. then today, my entire foot is swollen (I can't fit it inside a shoe).. and aprox 3/4 of it is red/orange. It's not actually painful, it's just difficult to walk and when I do walk or touch it at all it becomes really itchy.. I've taken an antihistamine but I'm wondering is there anything else I can do to speed things up and make it so I can walk normally again? How long does it usually last until it returns to normal enough that I can wear shoes?

    • ANSWER:
      This is, sometimes, a normal reaction to being stung and there really isn't anything you can do to speed up your recovery time of about a week. Keep an eye on this to be sure you don't have an infection - this would show itself as red streaks going up your lower leg and you would develop a fever. Take a Benadryl as often as the directions say you can (schedule one for just before you go to bed) and, every 4 hours, take an ibuprofen - don't take aspirin as it's used to reduce fever.
      Hope you feel better soon (bee-killer!).

  39. QUESTION:
    I don't know what is causing me to break out in welts, even doctors don't seem to know.?
    For the past year I have been breaking out with a strange rash. I’ve had it happen about 10 different times. It starts as a rash that spreads and then turns into welts. My eyes swell and my feet even get the rash. Here are some other attributes that I've noticed every time it happens;

    angioedema (swelling) of the eye, hands and feet
    itchy eyes
    red welts on my stomach, back, between my fingers, toes and other folds of my body such as in the bend of my arm and even along my neck
    extremely itchy and painful
    has lasted for up to 4 hours, then has been treated with Benadryl or Hydrortisone, sometimes has come back after the medication has worn off.
    has happened under stressful situations (quitting smoking, talking about the death of my mother, and even during finals at school), when using a different soap (but continued after washing with the former soap), has happened when there was heavy rain/ heavy humidity.
    gets worse when scratching or when washed with warm water
    is not contagious

    I have talked to three different doctors. None of them have told me what has caused it. Each one of them has treated it with high doses of Benadryl. Lately, however, I’ve been using Hydrocortisone to relive it temporarily so I don’t become drowsy. The rash does come back after the Hydrocortisone wears off, though.. If anyone else has something similar and has found ways of treating this please let me know….
    Thank you for your time.

    • ANSWER:

  40. QUESTION:
    no one knows what's wrong with me?
    i'm extremely tired, weak, in pain all over, itchy, suddenly gain and lose weight (painful to touch when gained in swollen areas which include the abdomen, legs, and face, but never arms, hands, or back), fingers and toes turn blue, rapid heart rate and sweating frequently after eating, headaches, loud ringing in ears, confusion, chest pains, and extreme thirst. i was diagnosed with RND (reflex neurovascular dystrophy) but am thinking something is causing that as well.

    • ANSWER:
      I would say hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland). Raynaud's Phenomenen has also been linked to hyperthyroidism. Raynaud's Phenomenen causes fingers and toes to turn blue due to lack of oxygen. Recommended is a TSH test, free T3, free T4 and thyroid antibodies test. TSH is not accurate enough for a true diagnosis of hyperthryoidism.

      Hyperthyroidism:
      http://www.healthscout.com/ency/68/46/main.html

      Raynaud's Phenomenen:
      http://www.medicinenet.com/raynauds_phenomenon/article.htm

      Thyroid lab tests:
      http://www.labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/tsh/test.html

  41. QUESTION:
    i am 28 weeks and my feet keep swelling up!?
    i do work on my feet for 3 days a week 5hrs a day, for the past 2 days i have noticed my skin feeling a bit tight when i tried bending my toes so i took my socks off and my toes looked like little sausages because they had swollen up a bit and my feet were slightly puffy, i wasnt at work yesterday and it did it last night when i hadnt really been on my feet much, my hands are slightly the same, i wouldnt have noticed my hands were different if i hadnt had my ring on and when i took it off there was a red ring around my finger which has been there for 2 days , they are also slightly itchy but i think thats from the swelling, i had cholestitis when pregnant with my son and although i had itchy hands and feet i had no swelling what so ever, should i be worried or is this just normal swelling, im am also getting lots of braxton hicks, i had about 12 yesterday and the day before i had the same and one painful on with a constant aching back...should i book in to see my midwife or wait and see how i feel over the weekend?

    • ANSWER:
      My ob doctor me it is normal for women to get swelling in their feet while they are pregnant when you get home from work just sit down and relax and take nice warm bath

  42. QUESTION:
    weird bruising?
    recently i sprained my ankle playing hoops. it swelled up real good and there was bruising around the ankle where the injury occurred.
    about a week later my toes started to get black and blue. i have sprained my ankle before and this has never happened.
    now it has been about two weeks and i just noticed that my calf is now black and blue! its so weird!
    also the swelling has gone down almost all the way, and its not that painful to walk on anymore. however it is kinda hot and itchy at times.
    Can anyone share some insight?
    I think I should visit a doctor, but which one should I go to? Podiatrist? Skin Doctor?
    Also I have a weird kinda athletes foot thing going on but I know that its not a fungus, because the doctor ruled that out last time i visited. not sure it is related.
    Oh and my lymph nodes are swollen.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      You need to go the a General Practitioner. If you need to go to a specialist he/she will refer you.

      Yes, you need a Dr. to check you out.
      That does not sound right at all.

  43. QUESTION:
    What kind of bug bite is this... could it carry disease?
    For the past few weeks, I've been finding these gross bites on my arms and legs. They only come one at a time, and take 7-10 days to fade (though none of them are gone completely). They swell bigger than any mosquito bite I've ever seen, a hard, raised area about 6-7 cm in diameter. I had one on the back of my hand, and the red, swollen area crept up 2 of my fingers. It feels hot to the touch, and is very itchy. I now have one on my second toe, and it hurts to walk because it's so swollen that bending the joint is painful.

    People have suggested spider bites, which it very well may be. However, I've been finding roaches in my apartment lately, including one in my bed this morning (disgusting!). My home is pretty clean, and I live in a decent building in Manhattan, but roaches are just everywhere!

    My concern is that these are roach bites, or some other bug that could carry disease. Should I just keep treating the symptoms (hydrocortisone cream), or should I be doing something else?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the clinic............

  44. QUESTION:
    Problems with one foot - it just keeps ITCHING?
    I posted this question once, but I'm going to post again because I didn't get much help on the subject.

    Well, one of my feet is really really itchy. To the point where it actually burns and is severely uncomfortable. It only starts doing this when I'm laying in bed trying to sleep. I thought it might have been athletes foot, so I started using some of my husbands AF stuff. It didn't help much--but it made the first few nights a little more bearable. Now it's not working and I rarely get any sleep at night.

    I had a tick in between my toes a few years ago and ever since then, this particular foot has been doing stuff like this on a yearly basis almost. It's swollen, looks sort of purple-ish. It only looks like that in the area where I had the tick at. I drink plenty of water, so I don't understand why this is so incredibly painful. Any help?

    • ANSWER:
      There is something called Burning Foot Syndrome. The most common symptoms are burning, stinging, redness and swelling. Most times, the only symptoms present are burning and stinging feet. It is something that should definitely be checked by a doctor. Read the information at this site.

      http://www.mamashealth.com/foot/burn.asp

  45. QUESTION:
    Can insect allergies cause cold-like symptoms?
    A few days ago, my toe was bitten by an unidentified insect. Since I didn't actually feel the bite itself, I'm assuming it was just an ant. As I usually do, my foot completely swelled up around the bite for about three days, making it painful to walk on and rather itchy. I applied topical Benadryl to the bite and the swollen area around it and by now, the swelling is almost completely gone. However, I have developed a sore throat, cough, and a runny nose, and I feel fatigued throughout the day. Do I have a cold or is this probably another allergic reaction to the bite in addition to the swelling?

    • ANSWER:
      yes insect allergies can commonly cause cold-like symptoms. that's because an allergy happens when you body reacts bad to a small amount of an unwelcome ingredient, so your body try to make this ingredient to go out of it, in this period of time you can get fever and all the symptoms you say. it's like your body fights against a small infection.

  46. QUESTION:
    A bad bug bite? Help? Dx?
    I had recently gotten a really itchy bug bite and I don't know what bit me. Usually whenever I go to sleep, I wake up and find more bug bites on my leg. there are several on my leg, they are not clumped together but spaced apart on different areas. Its a red/pink color and swells easily, when it swells the color turns clear or a very light pink. I am not sure what i should do, one is between my toes and is driving me crazy, today i have found it had grown into a clear oval shape. Very painful to walk now. Should I see a doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      you must be consult skin doctor and get proper treatment

      thanks,
      http://www.rkresidencycdm.com

  47. QUESTION:
    What Could Be Wrong with My Toes?
    I am a seventeen-year-old girl. For the past maybe three years I have been having a recurring problem with my toes. Everyone few days to months (usually two or three at the most), they start to become itchy, slightly swollen, a bit discoloured (pink-red and a little but of a dark-ish grey cover that is mostly on my big toes), and they become very sensitive to pain. Even lightly scratching one of my toes can be quite painful. The symptoms usually start on my right foot and then spread to my left foot. Recently, when the symptoms start to appear, they even spread to the area on my foot above my toes in little splotches. My toes and the areas where it started to appear partway up my foot have left the spots affected discoloured pink-red, and pink-red with a grey-ish cover on my two big toes. It also leaves dead skin on some of the spots. The symptoms on my toes only appear on top and on the bottom of my toes, not in between them.

    If it matters, a bit less than a year ago I once experienced spams in my toes, feet, and legs, starting in my right foot, then my right calf, and then spread to my left foot then left calf. I had just been walking with my mom and the spams starting coming and going for no reason. I had not suffered any leg injuries or anything. I went to the emergency room to get it checked out but the doctor said he couldn't find any reason, and to just come back if it happened again. It hasn't happened since but I don't know if it could be connected to some other problem.
    I should mention that about three years ago, I got chilblain and what the doctor said was athlete's foot at the same time. I treated it, but after that is when this recurring problem with my toes started.
    I eat fish and poultry but no mammals or any other type of animal that is not fish or poultry. I don't have a diet that varies too much.
    I try to eat healthily and usually aim at getting the right amounts of different food groups, but I probably do lack some things because of my eating habits. I do get enough dairy, though.
    The spams only happened that one time. It has never happened since.
    The swelling is't severe. It mostly affects my big toes and a bit on the top of my others toes. It is noticeable but nothing too terrible.
    It happens all throughout the year. I live in British Columbia, Canada, and though it does get cold and wet often, my feet don't often get damp, thougy I have to say that I don't wear shoes that keep my feet warm when outside.

    I am going to get it checked out by a doctor, but I just want some ideas.

    • ANSWER:

  48. QUESTION:
    weird bruising?
    recently i sprained my ankle playing hoops. it swelled up real good and there was bruising around the ankle where the injury occurred.
    about a week later my toes started to get black and blue. i have sprained my ankle before and this has never happened.
    now it has been about two weeks and i just noticed that my calf is now black and blue! its so weird!
    also the swelling has gone down almost all the way, and its not that painful to walk on anymore. however it is kinda hot and itchy at times.
    Can anyone share some insight?

    • ANSWER:
      Definitely get your doctor to take a look at it.