Do your fingers suddenly turn blue? Here's what your body is trying to tell you

It sometimes occurs in middle-aged women in particular: Suddenly, individual fingers turn blue on the inside. But where does this come from?

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Lugging heavy bags or trying to unscrew jam or pickle jars with force - and it happens: One or more fingers turn blue and sometimes even swell up. What's behind it - and is it dangerous?

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Achenbach syndrome: when your fingers suddenly turn blue

Experts have discovered that Achenbach syndrome mainly affects middle-aged women. Whether there is a connection with the menopause is still unclear, as is the cause of the disease.

However, those affected can breathe a sigh of relief, because: Although the syndrome is not curable, there is no real cause for concern. As a rule, the bruising is harmless and subsides on its own after a few days. It is therefore not even necessary to take additional medication or undergo therapy.

These are the symptoms of Achenbach syndrome

The typical symptoms of the disease are described as follows:

  • Sudden onset of pain (stabbing or burning on the inside of a finger - in rare cases several fingers are affected or even the whole hand
  • Swelling may occur on the affected finger after a few minutes
  • After a while, a bruise may form on the finger, which is responsible for the blue coloration

Blue fingers: when to see a doctor?

If you notice pain in your fingers, swelling and/or a blue discoloration, you should still keep an eye on your finger, especially if there are other causes rather than mechanical strain.

If the pain does not subside or even gets worse, you should consult a doctor to be on the safe side. You should also seek medical help if the pain spreads, movement of the finger is restricted or other symptoms occur (also in other parts of the body).

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This article has been translated from Gentside DE.

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