Startling photographs of King Charles III’s fingers have been circulating on social media following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
And now a doctor has weighed in, revealing what his swollen and sometimes red appearance might explain about the monarch’s health.
On Twitter, user @ Anaiishhh1 said, “Have you ever seen Charles’s fingers?”
Meanwhile, @leahgaraas added: “A reminder that these are the fingers of King Charles III.” Others cruelly mocked the King, sharing images of sausages alongside unflattering images of his swollen fingers.
Dr. Gareth Nye, Senior Lecturer at the University of Chester in the UK, told the local daily star there are several health conditions that could be causing the swelling in Charles’s fingers.
He explained that while there were many possible causes, some were more likely than others, such as edema or fluid retention.
“Edema is a condition where the body begins to retain fluid in the extremities, usually the legs and ankles, but also the fingers, causing them to swell,” said Dr. Nye.
“Edema is a common condition and mainly affects people over the age of 65, as the ability to control fluids is restricted,” he added.
“To see if this is the cause, pressing on the swollen area for about 15 seconds would cause a depression in the area.”
Another potential cause was arthritis.
“Arthritis: another common condition in those over 60 years of age. It often affects three main areas of the hand: the thumb joint or any of the finger joints.
“The fingers usually become stiff, painful and swollen and although medication can help with the pain, the swelling may remain.
“Uncommon causes can include a high-salt diet leading to fluid retention, certain medications can rarely cause bloating as a side effect, such as with blood pressure medications or steroid medications.”
He assured everyone that the swelling was not a sign of a worrisome health problem.
“There are certainly no immediate health problems that come from swollen fingers and it is most likely a sign of their age.”
The King has reportedly even taken a light-hearted approach to the appearance of his fingers in the past, referring to himself as having “sausage fingers” in a letter to a friend after Prince William’s birth.
“I cannot express how excited and proud I am. He really does look amazingly appetizing and he has sausage fingers just like mine,” she said in the bio. Charles, the man who will be king by Howard Hodgson.
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