July 17, 2023

Why Are My Hands Swollen When I Wake Up?

There are many reasons your fingers and hands may swell, including:

Dehydration or Not Enough Water Intake

Swollen fingertips can be an indicator of an over-hydration problem. Especially on hot days, the body is forced to regulate its temperature by sweating which causes fluid retention. Drinking more water, and cutting out foods that are high in sodium (such as processed foods, deep fried, or salty sauces and dressings), can help reduce this swelling.

Wrong Sleeping Posture

If you have been sleeping with your wrist bent, this can also cause swelling in the hands. This is because the bending of the wrist can prevent fluid and blood from flowing to your fingers when you are asleep.


Severe allergies can also result in swollen fingertips. In this case, you should take an antihistamine to help decrease the swelling and alleviate the symptoms.


Swelling in the hands and feet is common during pregnancy because the body produces about 50 percent more blood and fluids to help the fetus grow. However, if you are experiencing extreme swollenness with other symptoms such as headaches or abdominal pain, seek medical attention immediately, as this could be an indication of the life-threatening condition called preeclampsia.

Arthritis can cause swollen fingertips because of inflammation in the joints, especially smaller joints like those in the fingers. Other conditions that can cause swollen fingertips include Raynaud's disease, which narrows the arteries and limits blood flow to the skin, and scleroderma, an autoimmune condition that changes the skin, organs, and connective tissue.


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