Painful Red-Purple Bumps on Fingers
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Sarita Nori, MD

Sarita Nori, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Sarita Nori was drawn to dermatology because of the intersection of science and medicine that is at the heart of dermatology. She feels this is what really allows her to help her patients. “There is a lot of problem-solving in dermatology and I like that,” she explains. “It’s also a profession where you can help people quickly and really make a difference in their lives.” | Some of the typical skin problems that Dr. Nori treats include skin cancers, psoriasis, acne, eczema, rashes, and contact dermatitis. Dr Nori believes in using all possible avenues of treatment, such as biologics, especially in patients with chronic diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. “These medications can work superbly, and they are really life-changing for many patients.” | Dr. Nori feels it’s important for patients to have a good understanding of the disease or condition that is affecting them. “I like to educate my patients on their problem and have them really understand it so they can take the best course of action. Patients always do better when they understand their skin condition, and how to treat it.”

Yukiko Ueda, MD

Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Ueda graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine and trained at the University of Tokyo Medical School. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Dermatology, Jichi Medical University, and holds several posts in the dermatology departments at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Komagome Hospital, University of Tokyo, and the Medical Center of Japan Red Cross Society.

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About the Symptom

Pea sized painful pink bumps on the pads of the fingers can be Osler's nodes due to endocarditis. Pernio or chilblains can also cause painful purple bumps anywhere on the fingers, due to vasoconstriction in cold weather.

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Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Painful red-purple bumps on fingers

Related serious diseases

Sometimes, Painful red-purple bumps on fingers may be related to these serious diseases:

  • Infective endocarditis

    Infective endocarditis (IE) is an infection of the heart muscle's inner lining (endocardium) caused by germs (bacteria, fungus) that then enter the bloodstream. Sometimes clumps of germs and blood clots can lead to damage of other organs throughout the body.

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  • Do you have bleeding dots on your fingers?

  • Do you have bleeding dots on your fingers?

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References

  • Sachdeva M, Mufti A, Maliyar K, Lara-Corrales I, Salcido R, Sibbald C. A Review of COVID-19 Chilblains-like Lesions and their Differential Diagnosis. Adv Skin Wound Care. 2021 Mar 12. doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000737860.47789.3c. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33797425.

Reviewed By:

Sarita Nori, MD

Sarita Nori, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Sarita Nori was drawn to dermatology because of the intersection of science and medicine that is at the heart of dermatology. She feels this is what really allows her to help her patients. “There is a lot of problem-solving in dermatology and I like that,” she explains. “It’s also a profession where you can help people quickly and really make a difference in their lives.” | Some of the typical skin problems that Dr. Nori treats include skin cancers, psoriasis, acne, eczema, rashes, and contact dermatitis. Dr Nori believes in using all possible avenues of treatment, such as biologics, especially in patients with chronic diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. “These medications can work superbly, and they are really life-changing for many patients.” | Dr. Nori feels it’s important for patients to have a good understanding of the disease or condition that is affecting them. “I like to educate my patients on their problem and have them really understand it so they can take the best course of action. Patients always do better when they understand their skin condition, and how to treat it.”

Yukiko Ueda, MD

Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Ueda graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine and trained at the University of Tokyo Medical School. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Dermatology, Jichi Medical University, and holds several posts in the dermatology departments at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Komagome Hospital, University of Tokyo, and the Medical Center of Japan Red Cross Society.

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