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Remedies for mosquito bites on babies

May 14th, 2018 | Posted by corinne grace in Being Prepared - (Comments Off on Remedies for mosquito bites on babies)

Mosquito bites on babies are itchy bumps that forms after mosquitoes puncture the skin and feed on the blood. It usually disappears in a few days. Sometimes, it can result to severe swelling, soreness and redness and this type of reaction is called skeeter syndrome.

Bites from mosquitoes carry viruses or parasites that cause severe illness such as malaria, yellow fever and infection of the brain or encephalitis.

A baby can be bitten by mosquitoes while playing outdoors and usually affects the necks, ankles, hands and the face. It causes swelling and severe itching. Bites can cause serious disease on the baby. Babies are easy preys of mosquitoes and not aware how to deal with them.

Causes of mosquito bites on babies

  • Exposed areas of the body of the babies which are not covered with clothing.
  • Stagnant bodies of water, flower vases and decorative petal pans with water are breeding areas of the mosquitoes.
  • Uncovered garbage cans
  • Uncovered food which easily attracts mosquitoes and other insects
  • Dirty kitchen
    mosquito bites

    A baby can be bitten by mosquitoes while playing outdoors and usually affects the necks, ankles, hands and the face. It causes swelling and severe itching.

  • Watering plant during evening
  • Sweat on babies attracts mosquitoes due to its warmth and smell
  • Perfumed cream and lotions applied on the skin of babies

Symptoms

  • Small red bump
  • Large area of swelling on the skin
  • An elevated area with white center and a red dot
  • Dark spots forms that looks like a bruise in a day or two after the bite
  • Scratching of the skin indicates itchiness
  • Mild fever
  • Swelling lymph nodes
  • Hives

Treatment

  • Apply cold compress on the bitten area to lessen the swelling and the pain. Soak a clean washcloth in cold water, wring out excess water and then place it on the area. Another alternative is applying a deodorant with aluminum chloride to lessen the itchiness and the size of the bite.
  • Apply calamine lotion on the bite to lessen the itchiness of the area.
  • Cut fingernails of the baby to avoid scratching the bite and prevent development of infections and worsen the condition.
  • Apply prescribed over-the-counter antihistamine creams to lessen the itchiness and the swelling.
  • Crush 1-2 tablets of aspirin. Add a few drops of water, mix them until it becomes the consistency of a paste and then apply it to the affected area. Aspirin has acetyl acids which is rich in anti-inflammatory properties that prevent development of infections.
  • Prescribed 1 %hydrocortisone cream or gel applied to the bitten area at least 4 times every day.
  • Dissolve 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of water. Mix them well and soak a clean washcloth in the solution and place it directly on the bitten area and leave it on for at least 10-15 minutes to lessen the itchiness and restore the normal pH level of the skin.
  • Make a salt paste by mixing sea salt with a few drops of water. Mix them well until it becomes a paste and then apply it directly on the affected area to stop itchiness.

Elbow hyperextension injury

May 14th, 2018 | Posted by corinne grace in Skeletal Injuries - (Comments Off on Elbow hyperextension injury)

Elbow hyperextension injury happens when the elbow is bent beyond the normal range of movement and damages the bones, ligaments and other structures of the elbow. Injuries can be caused by performing strenuous exercises such as playing sports and falling with outstretched arm.

Symptoms of elbow hyperextension

  • Swelling of the affected area
  • Pain in the anterior area of the elbow
  • Severe pain when extending the arm
  • Numbness of the affected area
  • The biceps contracts and there is pain and difficulty to straighten the arm.
  • Pain when touching the elbow
    Elbow hyperextension injury

    Take plenty of rest. Avoid activities such as extending and flexing the elbows for fast healing of the condition. Avoid drinking alcohol to prevent swelling and delays the healing.

  • Stiffness of the elbow and arm
  • Loss of strength of the elbow and arm
  • Muscle spasms in the biceps when straightening the arm
  • The affected area is red and blotchy
  • Deformity of the elbow
  • Problems with blood circulation in the elbow and hand

Treatment

  • Take plenty of rest. Avoid activities such as extending and flexing the elbows for fast healing of the condition. Avoid drinking alcohol to prevent swelling and delays the healing.
  • Icing the affected area to relieve of the swelling and the pain. Put few ice cubes in a plastic bag and wrap it in a towel before placing to the area for at least 10-20 minutes at a time every hour after the injury. Another alternative is using an ice pack is also good for the condition.
  • Compress the area using an ACE elastic bandage, wrapped around the injured elbow to prevent unnecessary movements and for fast healing. It also stops and relieve of the swelling and pain. Avoid wrapping it too tight to prevent problems with circulation. If the area under the wrap causes pain and numbness loosen the wrap.
  • Elbow brace to immobilize the elbow and prevent unnecessary movements and for proper healing of the affected area.
  • Pain medications to relieve of the pain and the swelling.
  • Elevate the elbow above the level of the heart to lessen the swelling. When lying down, place the elbow in couple of pillows to keep it elevated. When sitting down put the affected elbow in a sling.
  • When pain starts to subside and capable of moving the elbow, perform gentle rehabilitation exercises with the help of the physical therapist for fast healing, lessen the pain and restore range of movement of the affected elbow.

Tips

  • Maintain proper form when playing contact sports or performing strenuous physical activities with the help of a qualified coach or instructor.
  • Avoid heat for at least 3 days such as hot baths, saunas and hot pads while in the healing stage.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol prevent the risk of bleeding and worsen the condition and delays the healing.
  • Avoid massage for 3 days to prevent further irritations.

Disclaimer / More Information

The material posted on this page on elbow hyperextension injury is for learning purposes only. Learn to recognize the indications and how it is managed by taking a first aid and CPR class with one of our training providers.

Remedies for stomach cramps

May 8th, 2018 | Posted by corinne grace in Being Prepared - (Comments Off on Remedies for stomach cramps)

Stomach cramps are sudden and cramp-like pain in the abdomen. It is characterized by a knotting pain or tightening feeling in the stomach and abdomen. People with stomach cramps can have headaches and nausea. This condition can be acute, short lived or can be long lasting and affects a person repeatedly.

Causes of stomach cramps

  • Indigestion
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Constipation
  • Food poisoning
  • Appendicitis
  • Inflammation of abdominal organ
  • Kidney stones
    stomach cramps

    Take plenty of rest when having a stomach cramps.

  • Tumor
  • Ulcer or cancer

Symptoms

  • Painful urination
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Muscular pain on the whole body
  • Constipation

Treatment

  • Take plenty of rest when having a stomach cramps.
  • Prescribed H2 blockers to lessen the pain and discomforts. H2 blocker lessens the amount of acids produced by the stomach.
  • Apply hot compress on the affected area for at least 10-15 minutes to loosen and relax the muscles. Wrap heating pad or hot water bottle before placing to the belly to prevent burn and worsen the condition.
  • Take the prescribed medication to lessen the pain and the discomfort.
  • Avoid eating heavy meal rich spicy rich foods. Avoid alcohol and caffeine to prevent worsening of the condition.
  • Drink rice water to relieve of the inflammation on the stomach. Mix ½ cup of white rice to 2 cups of water in a pot. Cook the rice in medium-low heat. As the rice becomes tender, remove from the heat and let it rest for 3 minutes. Drain and drink the warm water. Honey can be added to the warm water for added benefits.
  • Drink ginger tea to relax the muscles lining the intestinal tract and lessen cramping of the stomach. Ginger is rich in oxidant called gingerol.
  • Drink plenty of water at least 6-8 glasses every day for healthy and proper functioning of the intestines. It also flushes out virus and toxins present in the body. Another alternative is drinking fresh fruits and vegetables, green teas and clear broths are also good for the condition.
  • Eat small portions of the food during meal time instead of 2-3 large meals. Eat bland or mild foods to lessen pain in the stomach.
  • Fill a cup with warm water and then add 1 teaspoon of salt. Mix them well until salt is totally dissolved and drink the solution to relieve of stomach cramps.
  • Perform yoga stretches to lessen bloating, stimulate digestion and lessen cramping in the abdomen.
  • Increase consumption of fiber and vegetable, lessen the sugar, dairy and caffeine intake to prevent inflammation and worsen the condition. Take prescribed vitamin B3 supplement is good for the condition.
  • Fill a bathtub with warm water; add a cup of Epsom salts. Mix them well until salt is totally dissolved. A drop of peppermint oil can be added to the mixture for added benefits. Soak in the solution to lessen the pain and relax the muscles.
  • Massage gently the stomach to lessen the pain and for fast healing.

How to treat dry eye

May 8th, 2018 | Posted by corinne grace in Being Prepared - (Comments Off on How to treat dry eye)

Dry eye is also called dry eye syndrome which happens when the tears does not give proper lubrication for the eyes. This condition causes discomfort and several symptoms. The eyes need layers of tears to keep the area well lubricated and prevent dust and other irritants from entering the eyes. If the condition is left untreated, it increases the risk of developing infections and damage to the surface of the eyes.

Causes of dry eye

  • Aging
  • Excessive exposure to dry air or wind
  • Allergies
  • Dysfunctional tear glands
  • Previous surgery on the eye
  • Long-term using of contact lenses
  • Not blinking for a long time
  • Long hours of staring at the computer
  • Using medications such as decongestants, antihistamines, antidepressants and contraceptive pills
  • Vitamin A and D deficiency
    dry eye

    Wash eyes frequently to lessen irritations, further damage and inflammation.

  • Medical conditions such as arthritis, disorders of the immune system and allergies

Symptoms

  • Eye pain
  • Red eyes and irritations
  • Stinging and burning sensations in the eyes
  • Tearing of the eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry and sandy sensations in the eyes

Treatment

  • Wash eyes frequently to lessen irritations, further damage and inflammation. Put baby shampoo on clean fingertips. Then gently massage the eyelids near the bottom of the eyelashes with closed eyes. Wash off the shampoo from the eyelids using lukewarm water. Repeat this process at least 2 times every day.
  • Apply warm compress on the affected eyes for proper flow of blood in the area, increase production of tears and lessen the irritation of the eyes. Soak a clean and lint-free cloth in hot water, wring out excess water and then place it over the closed eyelids for at least 10 minutes at a time.
  • Perform eye blinking exercise to increase flow of tears, moisten the eyes and spread the tears to all areas of the eyes and lessen the symptoms. Blinking exercise increases flow of blood and lessen the symptoms.
  • Install a humidifier especially during the winter season to add moisture in the air and for the eyes to prevent development of dry eyes.
  • Apply prescribed over-the-counter artificial tear to lessen the pain and the symptoms.
  • Prescribed oral or topical antibiotics to lessen the pain and the inflammation.

Tips

  • Increase fluid intake to keep the body well hydrated and prevents development of dry eye.
  • Take frequent breaks during use of computers, reading and watching television to restore lost moisture in the eyes.
  • Avoid direct blowing of air into the eyes such as car heaters, hair dryers and fans.

Dealing with tibial stress fracture

May 7th, 2018 | Posted by corinne grace in Skeletal Injuries - (Comments Off on Dealing with tibial stress fracture)

A tibial stress fracture is a condition that is characterized by an incomplete break in the shin bone or tibia. During running, a compressive force or exertion that is placed on the tibia causes it to become squeezed, compacted or squashed. When these forces becomes repetitive and beyond the capacity of the bone, damage to the bone gradually happens.

Symptoms of a tibial stress fracture

  • Pain in the outer area of the lower third of the tibia
  • Severe pain that increases when performing activities and subsides with resting
  • Severe pain and difficulty with walking
  • Pain when applying pressure on the shin
  • Pain at night or with resting
  • Swelling

Causes

tibial stress fracture

Wrap frozen gel pack or an ice pack in a towel before placing to the area for at least 15-20 minutes to lessen the inflammation and the pain.

  • Muscles become fatigue due to prolonged running and result to stress to the bone and cause a fracture.
  • Excessive weight-bearing on the bone due to severe contraction of muscles especially in running.
  • Running on even surfaces such as grass or road and suddenly switching to uneven surfaces.
  • Repetitive impact or stress to the bone eventually will result to a fracture.
  • Bad posture of the foot
  • Excessive training
  • Poor biomechanics
  • Weakness, fatigue or stiffness in the muscles
  • Stiffness of the joint
  • Wearing ill-fitting footwear
  • Unequal length of the legs
  • Irregular menstruation
  • Obesity

Treatment

  • Take plenty of rest at least for eight weeks. Avoid placing weight on the affected area to prevent further damage and delays the healing.
  • Wrap frozen gel pack or an ice pack in a towel before placing to the area for at least 15-20 minutes to lessen the inflammation and the pain.
  • Compress the affected area using an ACE bandage and wrap it around the affected tibia to lessen the swelling and the pain.
  • Elevate the area above the level of the heart to lessen the swelling and the pain. It also increases blood circulation in the area. Raise the leg in couple of pillows to keep it elevated.
  • Use prescribed crutches to prevent unnecessary movements and complete weight-bearing in the affected area.
  • Take the prescribed medications to lessen the pain and the inflammation.
  • Perform rehabilitation exercises with the help of the physical therapist for strength, flexibility, balance and restore range of movement of the affected area.

Tips

  • Make changes slowly when starting a new exercise routine. Avoid overworking the body to prevent tibial stress fracture.
  • Take calcium supplement for strong and healthy bones.
  • Wear shoes with proper support for the feet to prevent stress fracture.

How to treat De Quervain’s tenosynovitis

May 7th, 2018 | Posted by corinne grace in Being Prepared - (Comments Off on How to treat De Quervain’s tenosynovitis)

De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is soreness of the tendons in the thumb. It is caused by repeated rubbing of the swelling tendons and coverings near the narrow tunnels and result to severe pain at the bottom of the thumb and spreads to the lower arm. People playing racket sports such as squash, ten pin bowling, badminton, canoeing and tennis are susceptible to this condition.

Causes of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis

  • Repetitive grasping
  • Inflammatory conditions
  • Direct blow to the thumb
  • Stiffness of the joint
  • Muscle tightness and weakness
  • Poor posture
  • Insufficient warm up
  • Excessive training activities
    De Quervain’s tenosynovitis

    Thumb pain that might spread along the forearm.

  • Using improper techniques in playing and using poor sporting equipment
  • Poor ergonomics
  • Injuries to the nerves, upper back or neck
  • Racquet sports and gardening

Symptoms

  • Severe pain in the affected area when applying pressure
  • Thumb pain that might spread along the forearm
  • Sudden or gradual pain along the back of the thumb affecting the two tendons of the thumb
  • Swelling at the bottom of the thumb
  • Limited movements of the thumb
  • Severe pain when moving the thumb and the wrist

Treatment

  • Take the prescribed over-the-counter pain medications to lessen the pain and the swelling.
  • Splint the thumb and the wrist to prevent unnecessary movements and support the affected area. Wear the splint at least for 24 hours for 4-6 weeks.
  • Apply ice on the area by wrapping in towel ice pack and placed on the affected area for at least 10-15 minutes to lessen the pain and the inflammation. Another alternative is using frozen bag of vegetables such as corn or peas is also good for the condition.
  • Avoid performing any repetitive and pinching movements using the fingers and thumb to prevent further irritations and worsen the condition.
  • Prescribed anti-inflammatory medications to lessen the pain and the inflammation
  • Prescribed cortisone injections to lessen the pain and the symptoms.
  • Perform rehabilitation exercises for the wrist, hand and arm with the help of the physical therapist to lessen the pain, strengthen the muscles and reduce further irritation on the tendons. And also restore the range of movement of the thumb.
  • Massage the affected thumb for proper flow of blood in the area and increase the range movement of the wrist and thumb and also breaks down scar tissue that causes numbness and pain.

Tips

  • Take frequent breaks or rest after from repetitive tasks.
  • Maintain proper alignment and posture of the wrist during regular tasks
  • Perform regular strengthening and stretching exercises for the hands and wrist.
  • Proper ergonomic work setting
  • Avoid performing repetitive keystrokes using one thumb, practice ambidexterity or using both the left and right hand when performing tasks.

Anaphylaxis

April 17th, 2018 | Posted by corinne grace in Breathing Emergency - (Comments Off on Anaphylaxis)

Anaphylaxis is a type of severe allergic reaction that is a potentially life-threatening condition. It can occur when you’ve been exposed to something that triggers your allergy such as animal fur, feathers, bee stings, peanuts, and etcetera. This causes your immune system to release a flood of chemicals in your body which can cause shock. Certain foods, medications, venom from insects and latex are common triggers of anaphylaxis.

An injection of epinephrine and a trip to the emergency room is crucial to preventing anaphylaxis from becoming fatal. If epinephrine is unavailable, then a trip to the emergency room is immediately required.

The symptoms of anaphylaxis can occur within a few minutes of exposure to the allergen, however, sometimes the symptoms can occur thirty (30) minutes or longer after being exposed to the allergen.

The immune system produces antibodies which are used in fighting off harmful and foreign substances that enter our bodies such as bacteria or viruses. An allergic reaction is where the immune system starts fighting substances that aren’t harmful.

Common causes of anaphylaxis are a food allergy, certain medications, stings from insects such as bees or wasps, pollen, and etcetera.

Anaphylaxis

If epinephrine is unavailable, then a trip to the emergency room is immediately required.

If you’re not sure or you don’t know what triggers your anaphylaxis attack, there are certain tests that can help identify the allergen.

Signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis:

  • Skin reactions such as hives, itching, pale or flushed skin
  • Low blood pressure
  • Constriction of the airways
  • Swelling of the tongue or throat
  • Weak, rapid pulse
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Dizziness or fainting

Seek medical attention if you, or someone you know, is experiencing a severe allergic reaction. Do not wait to see if the symptoms will go away as it might worsen. If the person who is having an attack is carrying epinephrine autoinjector, it is important that you administer it immediately. A trip to the emergency room is still necessary even if the symptoms appear to improve to ensure that the symptoms don’t recur.

There aren’t many risk factors for anaphylaxis that is known but there are a few factors that can increase your risk of anaphylaxis, these include:

  • Previous anaphylaxis, as this can increase your risk of having a severe allergic reaction. The future reactions may also be more severe than the first.
  • Allergies or asthma, as it can increase your risk of anaphylaxis.
  • Certain conditions, such as heart disease.

Anaphylaxis can cause life-threatening complications as it can stop your breathing or your heartbeat.

There are numerous ways to prevent anaphylaxis, the best way is to avoid exposure to the substances that trigger allergic reactions, but also include:

  • Have an emergency first aid kit that includes all the prescribed medication that you need.
  • Alert all your doctors to the reactions that you get from medication.
  • Use caution around insects if you have an allergic reaction to them. Wear long-sleeved clothing and pants, avoid walking barefoot on grass, avoid bright colored clothing to prevent the attention of bees, avoid using cologne or perfumes and don’t leave sweet beverages exposed in the open as it may attract bees.
  • Carefully read all the labels of the foodstuffs that you consume if you have a food allergy to avoid any case of your allergy is triggered.

Cellulitis

April 16th, 2018 | Posted by corinne grace in Basic First Aid Skills - (Comments Off on Cellulitis)

Cellulitis is a bacterial skin infection that can be potentially serious. This condition typically appears as a swollen and red rash that is painful and warm to the touch. Cellulitis usually occurs on the skin located at the lower legs but can also occur in other parts of the body such as the face and arms. Cellulitis arises if bacteria enters your body through a break in your skin. If left untreated, cellulitis can be life-threatening as it can spread to your lymph nodes and bloodstream. Cellulitis is however not contagious, which means it cannot spread from person to person.

Cellulitis is a common disease and can affect anyone at any age or race, however, cellulitis is more common in middle-aged and elderly people.

At times, cellulitis appears in the area where there is a break in the skin, such as skin near surgical wounds or skin ulcers.

The common types of bacteria responsible for cellulitis are named Staphylococcus and Streptococcus, but there are other types of bacteria that can also cause cellulitis from happening.

Common causes of cellulitis:

  • Injuries that tear or break the skin
  • Infections that occur after surgery
  • Skin conditions like eczema or chickenpox
  • Dirty foreign objects in the skin
  • Bone infections
    Cellulitis

    An area of the skin that is discolored red that tends to expand.

Signs and symptoms of cellulitis:

  • An area of the skin that is discolored red that tends to expand
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Pain
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Red spots on the skin
  • Formation of blisters on the skin
  • Skin dimpling

There are numerous risk factors that contribute to increasing the chances of contracting cellulitis, these include:

  • Diabetes
  • A break in the skin
  • Circulatory problems
  • Liver disease
  • Skin disorders like eczema

It is important that you know how to identify the signs and symptoms of cellulitis and once you do, you should seek medical attention immediately. Seek immediate care if:

  • You notice a red, swollen rash on your skin that rapidly changes in size
  • You develop a fever with the symptoms

You should still see your doctor even you don’t have a fever but a red rash that constantly changes in size. Do not wait for more symptoms to appear before you seek medical attention as it can get worse over time if left untreated and potentially become fatal.

Cellulitis is usually treated with antibiotics through oral intake or intravenous method.

 

Carpal tunnel syndrome

April 16th, 2018 | Posted by corinne grace in Being Prepared - (Comments Off on Carpal tunnel syndrome)

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that occurs when pressure is applied to one of the major nerves to the hand called the median nerve which causes numerous symptoms such as pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand and arm.

If you continue to apply pressure on the median nerve, it might leave to nerve damage and symptoms will worsen. As the condition worsens, the symptoms may appear more frequently and last for a longer period.

Common causes of carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Repetitive hand motions like typing or any other motion that you repeat over and over with your wrist
  • Conditions such as hypothyroidism, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Obesity
  • Trauma
  • Pregnancy
    Carpal tunnel syndrome

    Tingling of the hand that may reach up to the shoulder.

Signs and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • A burning sensation in the hand
  • Tingling of the hand that may reach up to the shoulder
  • Numbness of the hand that may reach up to the shoulder
  • Itching of the hand

When carpal tunnel syndrome worsens, more symptoms may develop, and the previous symptoms will worsen, these new symptoms include:

  • Decreased grip strength
  • An increase of pain and cramping
  • Slower nerve impulses
  • Loss of sensation in the fingers
  • Difficulty or loss of coordination with fingers

If left untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome may lead to permanent nerve damage, permanent muscle damage and overall loss of function of your hand which may affect your everyday life and daily routine. It is best to immediately seek medical attention to have it treated right away so that the situation does not worsen.

There are certain work environments and jobs that may contribute to increasing the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome if they involve any of the main reasons such as repetitive hand motions or constant typing. These jobs include but are not limited to:

  • Cashier
  • Assembly line worker
  • Sewer or knitter
  • Musician
  • Cashier

As your doctor diagnoses your hand for carpal tunnel syndrome, you may be asked by your doctor to try to fully flex your wrist or tap the palm side of your wrist with your arms completely extended.

Carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated with different approaches, a change of lifestyle if it is caused by repetitive motion. Your doctor may tell you to use a splint to prevent your wrist from moving too much and to lessen the pressure applied to the nerves. You can take more frequent breaks or reduce that activity. Your doctor may recommend numerous exercises that can help you with your grip and control. Your doctor may also suggest medication such as anti-inflammatory drugs or steroids to help reduce swelling. Your doctor may also suggest surgery if the treatments above fail to solve the problem.

Handlebar palsy

April 10th, 2018 | Posted by corinne grace in Basic First Aid Skills - (Comments Off on Handlebar palsy)

Handlebar palsy is usually common with long-distance cyclists. The ulnar nerve in the wrist is compressed caused by a prolonged period of direct pressure placed on the nerve especially the weight of the upper body resting on the handlebar during cycling. It causes inflammation and irritation of the nerve caused by shock and vibration placed on the arms during cycling. This condition usually common in off-road and mountain biking.

Causes

  • Compression of the ulnar nerve due to improper positioning of the wrist on the handlebars.
  • Ulnar nerve on the wrist becomes compressed.
  • Repetitive movements of the wrist or elbow
  • Performing sports activities that requires weight lifting, biking and throwing
  • Compression or disruption of the ulnar nerve in the elbow due to trauma, bone spurs, arthritis and cysts.

Symptoms of handlebar palsy

Handlebar palsy

Difficulty performing functions of hand such as using a pen, holding an object or playing musical instrument such as piano.

  • Clawing of the hand
  • Difficulty moving the affected fingers
  • Difficulty performing functions of hand such as using a pen, holding an object or playing musical instrument such as piano.
  • Affects the outer half of the ring finger and the little finger and the outer area of the hand.
  • Pain with wrist movements
  • Difficulty making the ring and pinky finger straight of the affected hand.
  • Lack of coordination or clumsiness of the affected hand
  • Numbness, weakness and tingling sensations can be felt

Treatment

  • Take plenty of rest for fast healing of the condition.
  • Apply ice on the affected area. Wrap ice pack in a towel or a cloth before placing to the area for at least 10-15 minutes for 2-4 hours to lessen the pain and the inflammation. Another alternative if ice pack is not available use bag of frozen vegetable such as corn or peas is good for the condition.
  • Wear prescribed splint on the affected area to lessen further irritation on the ulnar nerve, prevent unnecessary movements and for fast healing of the condition.
  • Take prescribed oral and topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications to lessen the pain and the inflammation.
  • Prescribed cortisone injections to lessen the pain, the inflammation and for fast healing of the condition.
  • Perform rehabilitation exercises with the help of the physical therapist to strengthen muscles of the hand and lessen the pain.

Tips

  • Maintain proper set-up and riding posture to prevent shifting of the weight too far forward.
  • Wear padded gloves to absorb sweat and prevent hands from slipping off from the handles and cause injury. It also protects other areas of the wrist which receives all the pressure during biking.
  • Switch position of the hand on the bike for at least every 15 minutes. Use padded handlebars to lessen pressure placed on the hand.
  • Stretch both front and back of wrist at least 3 times every day to lessen the symptoms after every ride.