HRI JULY 16 Puffy Fingers

How to Relieve Puffy Fingers With Help From Water Retention Tablets

The humid weather we have been having recently means that many people are suffering from puffy fingers. It can often become worse after long periods of immobility, such as sunbathing in the garden or sitting on a long-haul flight.

It is very common to suffer from low-level swelling in the fingers during hot weather due to mild water retention. However, if your hands and fingers seem puffy, without any corresponding swelling in your ankles, if you feel that your hands feel weak and you can’t grip things as well as usual, or if you feel unwell, you should always go and see your GP to rule out causes such as allergic reactions, an injury, infection or another underlying health issue.

Once you are sure that the puffiness is just down to mild water retention as a symptom of hot weather or high barometric pressure, you can follow our five top tips to help alleviate this irritating and unsightly summer problem.

1. Exercise your fingers

When fingers become puffy, the skin feels tight and you may not feel like doing much with your hands. However, a little exercise will help to improve your blood circulation. Start by separating your fingers one by one, starting with your little finger, then your little fingers and ring fingers together, then your little finger, ring finger and middle finger. If you can, do this with both hands together as this will give your brain a bit of a workout as well as your hands! Repeat four or five times. Next, pinch each finger in turn to your thumb as if you were squashing an ant. Again, repeat four or five times. If you can do this whilst walking down the road or around the park, you will greatly improve your circulation and enable your lymph system to drain more efficiently.

2. Sit with your hands above your head

Place your head for about 20 minutes three times a day whilst you are relaxing or watching TV, for example. Many people find that putting their hands into a ‘praying’ position above their heads is the most comfortable way to do this as it reduces pressure on your shoulders. Provided you don’t feel any stiffness or discomfort in your neck or shoulders, you can gently lift your hands up and down slowly to help the fluid to drain away more quickly.

3. Massage your fingers and hands

Gently massage your hands, starting at the wrist gently but firmly running the opposite forefinger and thumb up across the palm to the tip of each finger and thumb in turn. Repeat this for at least ten minutes a day until the swelling has gone down. Give your hands a gentle shake when you have finished to further encourage blood flow. If you can, consider having a professional hand and foot massage, as a professional masseur will know the very best ways to reduce fluid retention.

4. Cut down your salt and alcohol intake

Whilst summer salads are great for your health, sadly they do tend to encourage us to eat more salt than normal, with summer treats such as dips and barbecued foods often being surprisingly high in salt. Try not to add salt to your food and look for low-salt options of your favourite summer sauces and meats. Instead of buying ready-prepared kebabs or steaks, try making your own marinades and sauces using low-sodium salt. Also keep an eye on your alcohol intake. A couple of cool beers or chilled Gin and Tonics in hot weather can soon mount up and you could find that you have actually drunk more than you thought. Making these small changes won’t just reduce your salt intake, but you’ll save on calories too!

5. Take a licensed herbal diuretic

HRI Water Balance is a traditional herbal medicinal product used to relieve symptoms of mild water retention, based on traditional use only and contains Dandelion leaf and root and extracts of Uva-ursi leaf and Buchu leaf, which are the active ingredients.

You should ensure that you drink plenty of water or other clear fluids whilst taking this. Always read the patient information leaflet before taking any form of medicines and make sure you only choose licensed herbal remedies that carry the Traditional Herbal Remedy (THR) logo.

Follow these few simple steps and you should be ready to show off your slim, more comfortable fingers with your favourite summer rings and nail polish in no time!

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