(Closed) Super swollen fingers after a hike?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
7779 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

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
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

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
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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 # 7
4693 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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
4465 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

This happens to me when I do long runs when it’s warm out. 

Post # 9
64 posts
Worker bee

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
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

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
546 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@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
1729 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

This happens to me when I go out running, walking, or hiking. I think (hope!) it’s normal!

Post # 13
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Gosh, I always thought I was a weirdo with my swollen fingers. Glad to hear it happens to others sometimes too!

Post # 14
7293 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
2335 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Happens to me when I’m dehydrated and out in the heat.

Post # 16
2607 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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!

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