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Why a Bump on Your Wrist May Be a Cause for Concern

Why a Bump on Your Wrist May Be a Cause for Concern


When lesions or bumps appear on our palms, wrists, or fingers, we tend to blame it on injury, insect bites, or work-induced blisters. However, such symptoms can be an indication of bigger health problems.

Today Bright Side tells you why you should treat this issue with the utmost seriousness!

Medical science calls this a hygroma (ganglion cyst) of the wrist. It's a benign formation that takes the form of a capsule or a cyst. Few people know that such bumps aren't just an aesthetic blemish: they can pose a real threat to your well-being.

Most often, the bump appears on the wrist and can feel either taut or soft to the touch. But, in rare cases, it can also develop in the following spots:

  • on the surface of the palm - in the center or closer to the thumb;
  • on the inner surface of the fingers - in the region of the phalanx or the knuckle.

The reasons for the cyst's appearance are not always easy to determine. But there are several primary factors known to modern medicine:

  • inherent weakness of the osseous-articular apparatus;
  • a recent injury, sprain, or improperly healed bone fracture;
  • degenerative illnesses of the joints and inflammation of the soft tissues of the wrist;
  • prolonged repetitive wrist movements (a commonplace factor among musicians, seamstresses, and those who work a lot at the computer).

Usually, the bump seems to form for no apparent reason. The growth rate of the cyst is known to vary. Sometimes it can remain unchanged for several years while, in other cases, the lesion can dramatically increase in size in just a few days.

The appearance of the bump is accompanied by the following symptoms:

  • joint movement difficulties when flexing fingers or wrists;
  • the skin on the bump turns red and begins to peel off;
  • dull aching pain due to irritation of the surrounding tissues;
  • increased or decreased skin sensitivity caused by the fact that the growing cyst puts pressure on the blood vessels and nerve endings.

Even though there is no risk of the cyst developing into a malignant tumor, you mustn't postpone a visit to the doctor. Usually, diagnosing hygroma doesn't present any difficulties due to the telltale nature of the symptoms. We advise you to consult a surgeon or a podiatrist to determine the cause of the disease and take steps toward receiving effective treatment.

Illustrated by Daniil Shubin for Bright Side