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Dactylitis - What You Need to Know


Inflammation of an entire finger or toe due to an auto-immune disorder.
Arthritis is one of the most common causes of dactylitis. [1]

- Self-diagnosable
- Medical diagnosis required to know the underlying cause
- Immediate treatment required to manage symptoms
- Can become chronic, if the underlying cause is chronic

Severe swelling or inflammation of fingers and toes is a condition which known as Dactylitis. Fingers and toes become rigid and movement becomes painful. The cause is often an auto-immune disorder that makes the immune system attack healthy tissues in the body. Other causes include psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, syphilis, sickle cell disease, and tuberculosis.
Can affect people of all ages.


Symptoms include swelling of one or more fingers or toes, pain and difficulty in moving the affected fingers and toes.
Other symptoms vary depending on the underlying cause.


Treatment depends on the underlying cause. Doctors might recommend a series of tests to diagnose the probable cause.

Self-care: Consume food with anti-inflammatory properties and stay healthy to cope with the pain and inflammation. Exercise on a regular basis to be healthy physically and mentally and manage anxiety.

Medication: Psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis is difficult to treat. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs will help in easing the symptoms like reducing pain and inflammation. Corticosteroids might also be helpful. Antibiotics can be prescribed by the physician if any kind of infection is examined.

Specialist: Doctors might recommend a joint replacement surgery in the case, there is a loss of function. Join us now at mfine to get treatment with the best doctors in town.

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