The dexterity of the fingers helps many individual to function in different areas in life including at home, at work, in school and so on. When the function of the fingers is compromised, it can be disrupting for many because of the pain, the inflammation and the swelling that renders the hand immobile for a time. This is what happens when a popped blood vessel occurs in the finger.
Popped Blood Vessel in the Finger
- Also known as paroxysmal finger hematoma or Achenbach’s syndrome.
- This is a skin condition and not a cardiovascular condition.
- This is a rare condition with very few reported incidences.
- The condition is characterized by a spontaneous hemorrhage involving the hands especially the palm or the finger’s volar surface.
- The onset is sudden or is a result of a minor injury.
- The condition is also characterized by symptoms such as intense burning pain, localized swelling and inflammation, as well as localized bruising or hematoma.
- The cause of the condition is unknown and is considered harmless medically.
How to Treat a Popped Blood Vessel in the Finger
Treatment is similar to those observed for the treatment of localized hematoma. The condition often resolves on its own with conservative treatment.
- Cold compress may be done initially to help relieve the burning pain felt on spontaneous hemorrhaging.
- Warm compress can be applied to the affected hand or finger to aid in the absorption of pooled blood causing the hematoma.
- Pain medications may be taken but caution needs to be observed especially with analgesics that can further cause bleeding. Medical consultation is recommended for the proper prescription of pain medications.
- Avoid use of aspirin or any blood thinners to avoid further aggravating the hemorrhage. If consequently taking aspirin or any blood thinners for a certain medical condition, consultation with a physician is advised.
- Avoid contact sports or activities that can pose a risk of injuring the hands or rupturing blood vessels in the finger.
- Recurrence of hemorrhage or popping of the blood vessel in the finger is possible and care is needed to avoid further incidences.
Symptoms of a Popped Blood Vessel in the Finger
Onset of this condition is sudden or may follow after a minor injury.
- Sudden onset of intense burning pain felt in the hand or finger.
- Sudden localized swelling.
- Sudden localized inflammation and redness of the hand or finger.
- Bluish discoloration on the affected hand or finger.