Why do your hands swell up during or after exercise?

The majority of the time, swelling in your hands or feet is due to an increase in blood flow. “It’s not uncommon for feet to swell after a day of shopping, and the hands do the same thing,” Holland explains. Blood will stay in your hands if your veins aren’t adequately returning it to your heart and lungs. This can create more persistent swelling.

Try this test to see whether it’s something to be concerned about: With your thumb, press into the swelling spot. If the indentation lasts more than a second, it indicates a problem with the movement of blood and fluids beneath your skin. Holland says it’s not an emergency, but you should tell your doctor about it.

Raynaud’s disease is a condition that causes significant hand swelling and redness when exercising in cold weather. Holland continues, “It’s not just like ‘Oh, my fingertips feel pinkish and cold,’ it’s serious, tomato red-colored fingers.” Fortunately, the illness is harmless, and most people may simply prevent the symptoms by wearing gloves during cold-weather activities, according to her.

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