Why do your hands and / or feet sometimes wake up swollen when you wake up in the morning? Arthritis is a common underlying cause of swollen hands and feet in the morning.

Having your hands and feet, along with swollen toes in the morning, can start your day off on the wrong foot as it affects your daily morning routine in many ways.

The swelling of hands and fingers in the morning can make you take a shower, get dressed, make your breakfast and brush your teeth is difficult, and even lead to work a challenge. Waking up to the discomfort of swollen hands and feet in the morning is quite common, but the reasons for what causes the swelling can vary.

Causes of swollen hands and feet in the morning

Because the causes of swollen hands and feet in the morning can vary, it is important to understand the exact cause of the inflammation before considering what type of treatment to seek. Causes can include:

1. Dehydration

The most common cause of swollen hands and fingers when you wake up in the morning is fluid retention . If you don’t drink enough water each day, your body can go into dehydration mode when you sleep. What this means is that the body clings to fluids; As a result, the hands and fingers, and in some cases, the feet swell due to water retention.

2. Sleep posture

The way you sleep can lead to swelling in your hands and fingers in the morning . If you toss and turn in bed when you fall asleep, you may be able to bend your wrist inadvertently and cause subsequent swelling.

3. Arthritis

Arthritis-related inflammation is caused by inflammation of the joints. Swelling and stiffness due to arthritis can last for a few hours after waking up; It tends to affect the smaller joints, such as those in the hands.

Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common form of arthritis that causes the finger joints to swell. Psoriatic arthritis causes inflammation of the fingers and joints, while osteoarthritis develops when the cartilage between the finger joints degenerates. Cervical or neck spondylosis is a form of arthritis that affects the neck, but can enter the fingers.

4. Diet rich in sodium

A poor diet high in sodium can lead to swelling in the hands and fingers in the morning . When you eat foods high in sodium (fried, processed foods, sauces, dressings) or don’t eat enough healthy foods, your body retains water.

5. Kidney problems

Your kidney and liver can make your feet and hands and joints swell in the morning . Both of these organs are responsible for filtering fluids in your body. If one of the organs is not working properly, water can accumulate in the body and accumulate in the hands and feet.

6. Allergies

If you have allergies, it is very possible that you could come into contact with something that causes a reaction in your body, resulting in swollen hands and fingers in the morning.

For example, angioedema, or angioneurotic edema, is a skin condition characterized by inflammation below the surface of the skin and is often caused by an allergic reaction. While it usually affects the underlying layers of the skin of the eyes, ears, and lips, it can also affect the fingers.

7. Pregnancy

If you are pregnant, you may wake up in the morning with swollen fingers and toes. There are a number of reasons why this happens. During pregnancy, your body produces about 50% more blood and other body fluids to help your baby grow. And about 25% of your weight during pregnancy comes from fluid retention. And some excess fluid is going to go to your hands and feet.

8. Activity or inactivity

If you constantly use your hands in strenuous activities at work, or exercise, or other repetitive movements, swollen hands and feet may be present due to poor circulation. At the same time, because you are inactive while sleeping, your hands may feel swollen in the morning from the blood being pushed into the hands.

9. Infections

Infections such as paronychia, a nail skin condition, cellulitis, a bacterial skin infection, and osteomyelitis, a bone disease, can also cause swelling in the hands and fingers as the immune system tries to fight infection.

Symptoms of swollen hands in the morning

There are at least 40 conditions associated with swollen hands in the morning: stiffness, numbness, or tingling. The most obvious symptom of swollen hands and fingers in the morning is, of course, swollen hands and fingers. But there are other symptoms to watch out for:

  • Pain: Pain from swelling in the hands and fingers in the morning, can be constant or can come and go. Your hands and fingers can experience pain if you are at rest. You may also feel pain in part or all of your hands and fingers.
  • Stiffness : Stiffness is a classic symptom of swollen hands and fingers when you wake up.
  • Difficulty moving a joint : Your hands and fingers should not be in pain when you wake up. And they shouldn’t hurt when you get out of bed.

Treatment for swollen hands and feet in the morning

Regardless of the causes of swollen hands and feet in the morning when you wake up, there are a number of things you can do to say goodbye to pain.

  • Raise your hands above your head for 3 to 5 minutes
  • Give yourself a hand and foot massage or better yet, have someone else do it for you
  • Do hand exercises to get your muscles moving
  • Apply ice to your hands, that reduces swelling
  • Drink lots of water during the day
  • Reduce the amount of alcohol you drink
  • Avoid salty and processed foods
  • Daily exercise
  • Ask your functional or holistic healthcare professional about mostly natural alternatives for bloating.

Natural remedy with parsley for swollen hands and feet

We have another solution to this problem, and it is a completely natural tea made from parsley that will eliminate excessive fluids from the body and therefore reduce swelling if it is temporary and not the product of something more severe, although it is also perfect for any chronic condition that is causing you that swelling.

Parsley tea acts as a natural diuretic, and numerous studies have confirmed its beneficial effects on general health and well-being.

For optimal results, you should consume all the parsley, organic and raw, along with the seeds, roots and leaves, which have incredible healing effects.

Here are the steps to prepare this tea:

Initially, boil 500 ml of water in a pot. Next, chop the fresh parsley roots and leaves finely and mix them together. Add 5 tablespoons of this mixture to the pot and boil for 5 minutes.

Afterward, set the tea aside for 20 minutes to cool, then strain it.

How to use:

You can add lemon juice if you like, it is optional. Drink the parsley tea three times a day and it will quickly solve the problem, as the swelling of the legs will disappear in a couple of days.

Understand the causes of your swollen feet and hands

Waking up with swollen hands and fingers in the morning can be frustrating. The more you understand the causes of swollen hands, feet, and fingers, the better you’ll be able to take steps to relieve symptoms.

Keep a diary of your symptoms; make a note of which parts of your hands and feet are swollen, when, and for how long. The more your healthcare professional knows, the more they understand the type and extent of your problem.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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