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Red, Swollen Hands and Feet- Repetitive Activity

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  • Posted By: concernedsis333
  • June 14, 2013
  • 06:45 AM

Hi there, My brother has been suffering from swollen hands and feet for the past six months. Over this time, he has noticed that his hands and/or feet become painfully swollen, red and hot after he has been using them in a repetitive activity. He is a chef and spends hours a day on his feet which then causes the tops of them, specifically where his shoe is in contact with his skin, to become inflamed. When he is shucking oysters for hours his palms become inflamed, when pivoting on one knee for while, the knee becomes inflamed, etc.. The irritation also shows up sometimes as patches of several red spots, mainly along the tops of his feet. He has been to a general practitioner who sent him to an allergist who told him it was the flu...that was back in January. His doctors are finally starting to pay attention but can't seem to figure out what it is or offer any suggestions. He has been tested negatively for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Has anyone experienced this or does anyone have any idea what might be causing this? He's planning to be tested for Lyme, has wondered if it's a Lymphatic System issue, his allergist has suggested internal hives...we're just sort of lost. Any help would be so appreciated. (Extra details: He has been getting work done on a very large lower leg tattoo since January and he had Scarletina fever when he was a child)

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