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King Charles III | Queen Elizabeth II | Source: Getty Images
King Charles III | Queen Elizabeth II | Source: Getty Images

King Charles III Appeared to Have Swollen Fingers — Doctor Talked about State of His Health

Gaone Pule
Sep 12, 2022
03:35 P.M.
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Just a few days after his late mother made news about her blue and purple hands, King Charles's health state is now the topic of discussion. The new head of state was pictured with swollen fingers, and medical professionals have since delved into what may be the cause.

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In November 2021, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, made a rare public appearance since spraining her back. While the monarch seemed in good spirits, a photo showing her purple hands sparked concern among British natives.

They questioned her health state and whether courtiers needed to turn on the heating at Windsor Castle. The Queen had been on doctors' order rest for more than a month when she hosted an in-person audience with General Sir Nick Carter, the Chief of the Defence Staff.

Queen Elizabeth II receives General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the Defence Staff, during an audience in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle on November 17, 2021 in Windsor, England | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II receives General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the Defence Staff, during an audience in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle on November 17, 2021 in Windsor, England | Source: Getty Images

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The pictures - released by Buckingham Palace - showed the monarch and Sir General Carter's hands looking purple. Per Metro, purple skin color can signify poor blood circulation.

Dr. Jay Verma from the Shakespeare Medical Centre told the outlet: "It might be Raynaud's phenomenon or just really cold hands. The purple is due to deoxygenated blood."

Per NHS, the said phenomenon is common but does not cause severe issues. It can be treated by keeping warm and usually goes away after a few minutes or hours.

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That said, Her Majesty had been previously pictured with a purplish blemish on her hands back in 2019. The photos of her purple and blue hands were recent from her last public meeting on September 6, 2022.

The monarch had summoned Britain's new Prime Miniter, Liz Truss, to Balmoral Castle in Scotland. The Queen's hands were displayed and sparked conversation on social media when they were pictured shaking hands.

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There were allegations that she was too frail to travel to England for the ceremony. The said images were shared with the media, leaving citizens to raise concerns about her health as she had dark blue bruised hands.

One social media user tweeted on Twitter asking, "What is going on with the Queen's hands? All blue and purple? Moreover, like her, Her Majesty's son, King Charles, seems to have a similar problem with swollen fingers."

King Charles Has Been Pictured with Red Swollen Fingers - Causing Alarm

Following the death of the Queen at age 96, her son made headlines after the media and social media caught a glimpse of his red, swollen fingers.

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Per the Daily Star, Dr. Gareth Nye weighed in on his hands after a social media user asked fellow users whether they had seen his fingers.

Prince Charles during his visit at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak on November 13, 2019 in New Delhi, India | Source: Getty Images

Prince Charles during his visit at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak on November 13, 2019 in New Delhi, India | Source: Getty Images

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Following the online speculation, Dr. Nye, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Chester, offered expert advice in an interview with the publication and said multiple conditions could lead to swollen fingers. In contrast, some could be more dominant than others.

The medical professional revealed one of the conditions could be edema, or fluid retention, and explained what edema is:

"Edema is a condition where the body starts to retain fluids in the limbs, normally the legs and ankles, but also in the fingers, which causes them to swell. "

Prince Charles leaves after paying obeisance at Sri Bangla Sahib Gurudwara on the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of the founder of Sikh Guru Nanak Dev Ji on November 13, 2019 in New Delhi, India | Source: Getty Images

Prince Charles leaves after paying obeisance at Sri Bangla Sahib Gurudwara on the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of the founder of Sikh Guru Nanak Dev Ji on November 13, 2019 in New Delhi, India | Source: Getty Images

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Dr. Nye added that edema is a common condition and usually affects people over the age of 65. He said another possible condition could be arthritis which is also common in people in their 60s and affects three joints in the fingers.

"Fingers usually become stiff, painful, and swollen. Although medication can help with the pain, the swelling can remain," the doctor explained.

Prince Charles during a ceremony at the Recreational Leaf Hut at Government House in Honiara, Guadalcanal Island, Solomon Islands | Source: Getty Images

Prince Charles during a ceremony at the Recreational Leaf Hut at Government House in Honiara, Guadalcanal Island, Solomon Islands | Source: Getty Images

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In April 2022, per Express, the King was pictured with his swollen fingers, which he previously dubbed "sausage fingers," during a visit to Cumbria. Notably, it was not the first time his fingers had raised eyebrows.

In his 2019 royal tour to India, His Majesty's fingers were highlighted by royal fans who could not turn a blind eye. King Charles' red fingers and toes were displayed while he was carrying out royal engagements in New Delhi.

The royal also visited the Bangla Sahib Gurdwara Sikh Temple, where he stepped into the temple barefoot after taking his shoes off at the holy site. The photos from the event made rounds, showing that he had painful-looking swelling in his feet and hands.

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In addition to his alarming health, the new British monarch frequently looks red in the face. Per Express, the royal patriarch suffers from a condition called rosacea. His skin flare-ups often turn his face red.

Doctor Ioannis Liakas, Medical Director at Vie Aesthetics in London, explained to the outlet the cause of the said condition:

"Flushed or red skin comes as a result of blood vessels opening and blood rushing to the surface. This can be due to several reasons including overheating, feeling anxious or embarrassed."

Notably, all symptoms can be individual, and AmoMama does not recommend experimental treatment for the abovementioned conditions.

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His Majesty Had a Rocky Relationship with His Mother

King Charles had a complex relationship with his beloved mother. Her Majesty had her firstborn child at age 22 and had to answer the call of duty when she became Queen at age 25.

The transition caused neglect regarding her brood, and the monarch became an absent parent. Her eldest son revealed that he once had to set an appointment virtually to see his mother when he was young.

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In addition, per the Daily Mail, a royal expert once claimed that His Majesty was not raised by his parents - the Queen and her husband, Prince Philip - but by several nannies. The King once labeled his mother "cold."

Since then, the relationship between the mother and son duo seemed at odds but has gradually changed for the better in recent years.

Charles, formerly Prince of Wales, is now a King following the Queen's passing on September 8, 2022, at age 96 at Balmoral Castle, Scotland.

The new sovereign paid tribute to Britain's longest-serving monarch during his first speech as the new head of state. Despite their misunderstandings over the years, the pair found common ground.

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