My Wedding Ring Finger Is Swollen – What To Do

By Kim •  Updated: 11/18/21 •  3 min read

Wedding ring finger swelling can be caused by a number of different factors. In this article, we will look at some of the most common causes of wedding ring finger swelling and ways to alleviate it.

Most common causes of wedding ring finger swelling

  1. Pregnancy – The swelling from pregnancy occurs because hormones are released in your body that can cause water retention in your hands and feet (also known as edema). A change in skin elasticity can also cause skin to stretch and sag, which can cause the swelling of the hands and feet.
  2. Injuries – Some people experience swelling after an injury to their hands or feet. Injuries can occur when you fall or bump your hand or foot, but they can also occur from a fracture or fracture dislocation.
  3. Trauma – Trauma occurs when a sudden injury causes bleeding into the tissue surrounding the area of injury, which results in edema (swelling). Trauma also occurs when tissues become damaged by an infection or other condition that causes them to become inflamed and irritated, which results in fluid build-up (edema). You may experience swelling as a result of trauma if you have had surgery on your hand or foot that has resulted in scarring or inflammation of the tissues around it (surgical wounds), or if you have sustained an injury that resulted in bleeding into those tissues (bruising).
  4. Medications – Some medications can cause swelling in the hands and feet, which can be either temporary or permanent. Some of the most common medications that can cause swelling in the hands and feet are anti-diabetic medications (like metformin), NSAIDs (like aspirin), and anti-inflammatory medications (like ibuprofen).
  5. Osteoarthritis – If you have osteoarthritis, you may experience swelling due to damage to the joints and ligaments that allow them to move freely. This damage can also cause the cartilage that covers the joints to deteriorate, which results in increased friction on those joints, which causes pain, swelling, and stiffness. There are a number of treatments for osteoarthritis that can help relieve pain and decrease joint stiffness, including joint injections (a local anesthetic is injected into a joint), physical therapy, and weight loss programs.

What to do?

If you are experiencing swelling due to pregnancy, trauma, medications, or osteoarthritis, you should talk to your doctor about what treatments might be helpful. In some cases, it may be possible to discontinue medications that are causing swelling.

You can also talk to your doctor about lifestyle changes that may help decrease the swelling in your hands and feet. You may want to try wearing compression sleeves during the day if you have swollen hands or wearing compression socks at night if you have swollen feet. You can also try wearing smaller shoes if you have swollen feet and reduce the amount of time you spend standing up in the day (like when waiting in line at the grocery store). There are also many hand and foot exercises that can help decrease pain and stiffness caused by swelling.

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Right off we have to say that Kim loves weddings! Kim is a writer and editor who focuses on various aspects of how to make your wedding both unique and special. She loves dogs and is the pet parent of a Miniature Schnauzer named Finley. Together, Kim and her dog enjoy hiking across the countryside of the Sangre de Cristo range in New Mexico. She especially loves the area around Red River, which is referred to as the Enchanted Circle. When she’s home, Kim is excited to try redecorating her home, binge watching Netflix (Romcoms, of course), baking, and spending time with friends.