When there are outgrowths and wounds on our hands, wrists and fingers, we usually think it is an injury, an insect sting or a blister caused by hard physical work. However, such symptoms may be indicators of major health problems. Medicine calls this occurrence a cystic hygroma on the wrist. It is a benign formation that has the shape of a capsule or cyst. Few people know that such growths are not only an aesthetic defect, they can pose a real threat to your health. Read on what’s on …
Where can it appear?
Most often, the growth appears on the wrist and can be taut or soft to the touch. But in rare cases it can develop in the following places:
On the surface of the palm, in the center or close to the thumb.
On the inner surface of the fingers, in the area of the phalanx or the wrist.
Reasons for occurrence
It is not always easy to determine the causes of a cyst, but there are several basic factors that are known to modern medicine:
Permanent weakness of the osteo-articular system.
A recent injury, or an incorrect healing of bone fractures.
Degenerative joint diseases and soft tissue inflammation of the wrist.
Prolonged and recurrent movements of the wrist, which is a frequent factor among musicians, seamstresses and those who work a lot on a computer.
Seemingly, the growth occurs without a special cause. The size of the cyst varies from person to person. Sometimes it can remain unchanged for several years, while in other cases, the growth can dramatically increase in just a few days. The appearance of the cyst is accompanied by the following symptoms:
Difficulties in the movement of the joints when stretching the fingers and the wrist.
The skin of the growth becomes red and begins to peel.
Faucet pain that occurs as a consequence of irritation of the surrounding tissues.
Increased or decreased sensitivity to the skin caused by the fact that the cyst creates pressure on the blood vessels and nerve endings.
Although there is no risk of developing cysts in a malignant tumor, you must not delay the medical examination. Usually, the diagnosis of cystic hygroma does not pose any problem because of the apparent nature of the symptoms. It is best to consult a surgeon or a pediatrician to determine the cause of the disease and start appropriate therapy.