Here's Why A Bump On Your Wrist Might Be Something To Worry About

Oct 26, 2018 by apost team

Usually, if you have a bump appear on your hand or fingers, you would likely blame it on insect bites, blisters, or injury. You may be shocked to find out that these bumps can be an indication of something much more serious.

We will tell you why you should be very aware of this issue. By medical definition, this is called a hygroma, or ganglion cyst of the wrist. It's a formation that is benign and will form a cyst or capsule. There aren't too many people that know this is more than just a "bump" - but it can actually be a threat to living healthy.

The bump will usually appear on the wrist. It can be either soft or hard to the touch. In rare cases, it can also show up in the following areas:

  • On the inside surface of the fingers (usually on the knuckle or the region of the phalanx)
  • On the outside surface of the palm (inside the center or closer to the thumb)

The appearance alone does not always indicate the reason for its existence. There are several things that could contribute to the reason it has appeared:

  • Lengthened, monotonous movements of the wrist
  • Deficiency to the osseous articular apparatus
  • Deteriorating illness of joints, including inflammation of soft tissue
  • A new injury, including sprains, or improperly healed bone fractures

Most of the time, the bump will form for no determined reason. The cyst can grow at various speeds. Sometimes the cyst will remain the same for many years. In other cases, lesions have been known to grow at a rapid pace, even in just a few, short days.

The bump can be associated with the following symptoms:

  • Increased or decreased sensitivity of the skin - this is caused by the pressure put nerve endings and blood vessels by the growing lesion.
  • Joint stiffness when attempting to flex wrists or fingers
  • The bump turns red or begins to peel
  • Aching pain caused by irritation of tissue

Although there isn't a risk of a cyst turning into a malignant tumor, you should still make an appointment with your physician for an exam. Even though a diagnosis of a hygroma that doesn't cause difficulties, you will need to consult with a physician to determine what is causing this issue and what the next step will be for treatment.

Do you have a bump on your hand that you though was just a "bump"? Maybe you should get it checked out. Or, maybe you have a family member that is suffering from something that sounds similar. Show them this information to help them out.

Our content is created to the best of our knowledge, yet it is of general nature and cannot in any way substitute an individual consultation by your doctor. Your health is important to us!