Prince Charles has a certain condition that got royal fans interested.
The Prince of Wales has been spotted several times with swollen hands prompting many to search "Prince Charles sausage fingers" online. So what was really it? Is it serious?
Prince Charles Sausage Fingers Explained
In the past years, the heir apparent has been spotted with swollen hands and fingers on various occasions. In May 2021, he was photographed at a pub with swollen fingers, which got royal fans worried.
The Prince of Wales also drew attention at Prince Philip's funeral in April for the same reason. In 2012, he also had the same condition while on a tour of Australia. However, Prince Charles managed to laugh about his "sausage fingers," Express reported.
According to NHS, Prince Charles had the condition called "oedema," which refers to swollen arms and hands due to fluid build-up. Normally, the swelling goes away on its own. So, it's not really serious.
But if one has the condition and it doesn't go away after a couple of days, it is recommended that one contact their GP.
Prince Charles Health Update: Causes And Solution Of His 'Sausage Fingers'
According to NHS, there are various causes of oedema. Prince Charles probably experiences it due to one of the following — staying in the same position for too long, eating too much salty food, or taking certain medicines for blood pressure, antidepressants or steroids.
The outlet noted that being overweight, being pregnant, and taking contraceptive pills are also among the causes.
NHS suggested some solutions to ease the swelling for oedema. For those who also have "sausage fingers" like Prince Charles, one can lie down and use pillows to raise the swollen area. Raising the hand above the head while opening and closing the fist is another solution.
NHS also recommends massaging the arm or hand towards the body using firm pressure, starting from the fingertips toward the palm.
It's also recommended that those with oedema do light exercise like walking to improve the blood flow and drink plenty of water. Lastly, one should wash, dry and moisturize their hands or arms to avoid infection.