Post # 1
So Fiance and I went on a long hike yesterday. like a 2 hour long hike (but at a fairly slow pace) There were a lot of hills (up and down) and it was pretty hot and humid out (about 27 C/80F and 80-90% humidity). By the end of the hike my fingers were super swollen. Like they were uncomfortable and I could barely make a fist. I fortunately had taken my e-ring off since we were at the lake (it’s not insured yet and I’m worried that if I jump in the water I’ll get too cold and my ring will slip off and I’ll never see it again… the lake is super deep and the water is dark).
I’ve never experienced such extreme swelling in my fingers before, even though temperatures like that are normal here. Is this something I should be worried about? Could it have just been caused by the heat and the physical activity?
Post # 3
It could be the heat and physical activity but it could easily be a health issue too. I would recomment talking to your doctor about it. 🙂
Post # 4
It might be dehydration? DH’s fingers swell like that, too, on long hikes on hot days because he never drinks enough water. It goes away once he rests and rehydrates, so his doctor said it’s nothing to worry about.
Post # 5
That happened to me on our last hike too! My fingers were like fat little sausages. Not sure what it was… the altitude change maybe? Hasn’t happened since then, I doubt you have much to worry about.
Post # 6
Dehydration could be a definite possibility. I know I don’t drink enough liquids, but I’m never thirsty! Fiance gets mad at me for it. I thin I’m just getting paranoid about every single little thing that’s going on since I’m having surgery on Thursday and am super worried about getting sick and not being able to have surgery…
Post # 7
Mine do that if I have my hands down by my side when I’m walking, if I pump my arms like I’m power walking they seem to be ok! I figured it was because keeping my arms down wasn’t allowing the best circulation to my fingers.
Post # 8
This happens to me when I do long runs when it’s warm out.
Post # 9
I’m with the people saying it’s probably not an issue, the same thing happens to me in the summer. I didn’t even notice it until my friend from Florida pointed it out. She said it happens whenever she runs (always hot and humid there).
Post # 10
Ugh, this happens to me, too. So far, I haven’t found a medical reason for it, but I’ll get swollen fingers if I hike or run in the heat or even just sometimes when I’m shopping and my arms stay down near my side, like MissBoPeep said.
Post # 11
@MissBoPeep: This is exactly what happens to me.
So I wouldnt doubt, @futuremrste: that combined with the heat caused the swelling. I helped a friend move in extreme heat and the weight and position of the boxes caused lack of circulation in my hands and my fingers got really swollen. They were back to normal once I cooled down and dranks some water.
Post # 12
This happens to me when I go out running, walking, or hiking. I think (hope!) it’s normal!
Post # 13
Gosh, I always thought I was a weirdo with my swollen fingers. Glad to hear it happens to others sometimes too!
Post # 14
Ugh. I live in a hot tropical place and am a runner/walker. My fingers always swell up but after my shower, sitting down and a cold hand wash they go right back down.
I also concur with the PP who said when your hands are down at your side. I have to keep them up and moving to lessen the swelling.
I think its related to water retention 🙂
Post # 15
Happens to me when I’m dehydrated and out in the heat.
Post # 16
I always compare it to when you take a sugar packet and you give it a quick snap to get all the sugar down to the bottom… that’s what its like when your hands are at your sides and you’re swinging your arms… all the fluids pool in your fingers like the sugar in a packet!