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since tuesday my index, middle and little finger on right hand

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since tuesday my index, middle and little finger on right hand are swollen, itchy and red. at night time the fingers stiffen up and i find it hard to close my hand. also my little finger on the left hand has the same symptoms. i have recently started taking iron tablets. is this a side effect? why are my fingers like this?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 5 years ago.
The views expressed by me are for educational purposes only and do not establish a doctor patient relationship.

Thanks for your question.
Iron can indeed cause intolerance.
And joint pains in the fingers, swelling, itchiness can be part of iron tablet allergy.
Hence, discontinuation of iron tablet will help after discussing with your doctor.
Over the counter diphenhydramine(benadryl) tablet, and ibuprofen will help with the symptoms.
Other possibilities can be inflammatory arthritis like reactive arthritis following a viral infection, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus.
Hence, this should be checked by your GP as well.
Best wishes