Mystery of King Charles's 'sausage fingers' unravelled: Doctors weigh in on worries about monarch's health

Reportedly, the King even made fun of the appearance of his fingers in the past. In a letter to a friend after the birth of Prince William, he referred to himself as 'sausage fingers'

Mystery of King Charles's 'sausage fingers' unravelled: Doctors weigh in on worries about monarch's health
Eyebrow-raising photos of King Charles III’s fingers have been circulating on social media following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II (Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images, WPA Pool-Ben Birchall/Getty Images, Clarence House via Getty Image)
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LONDON, ENGLAND: Pictures of King Charles III have been doing rounds on the Internet ever since Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8, 2022, at her residence in Balmoral. The royal fans have sparked a debate on the Internet on the red and swollen fingers of the new king.
 
A doctor has weighed in on the debate revealing the possible health conditions King Charles might be suffering from. Swollen fingers are something he has suffered for years. He even pulled a joke on the same way back in 2012 calling them “sausage fingers,” as reported by the Daily Mail. A British doctor has hinted that water retention or simply old age could be the reason behind the red and swollen fingers of the King.
 
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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales holds the Queen's Speech in his hands after reading it in the House of Lords Chamber, during the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster on May 10, 2022 in London, England. The State Opening of Parliament formally marks the beginning of the new session of Parliament. It includes Queen's Speech, prepared for her to read from the throne, by her government outlining its plans for new laws being brought forward in the coming parliamentary year. This year the speech will be read by the Prince of Wales as HM The Queen will miss the event due to ongoing mobility issues.
The King has even reportedly taken a lighthearted approach to the appearance of his digits in the past, referring to himself as having 'sausage fingers' in a letter to a friend after Prince William was born (Ben Stansall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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What is the reason behind King Charles’ swollen fingers?

Dr Gareth Nye, Senior Lecturer at the University of Chester, in an interview with The Daily Star spoke about Charles’ condition saying, “Oedema 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.” He added, “To see if this is the cause, pressing the swollen area for about 15 seconds would cause a depression in the area.” Dr Gareth Nye further shared, “Oedema is a common condition and mostly affects people over the age of 65 as the ability for fluid control is restricted.”
 
He added, “Arthritis- another common condition in the over 60s. It often affects three main areas in the hand - the thumb joint or either joints in the fingers.” According to him, fingers usually become stiff, painful, and swollen and although medication can help with the pain, the swelling can remain. “Uncommon causes may include high salt diet leading to fluid retention, certain medications can rarely lead to swelling as a side effect such as with blood pressure medications or steroid medications”, said Dr Gareth Nye. He, however, made it clear that it was not a sign of a major health issue and “is most likely a sign of his age."  

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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales waves as he attends the Royal Cornwall Show on June 07, 2018 in Wadebridge, United Kingdom.
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales waves as he attends the Royal Cornwall Show on June 07, 2018 in Wadebridge, United Kingdom. (Photo by Tim Rooke - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

‘I'd never seen anything like it’

Social media users noticed the swollen fingers of King Charles. Speaking on the same, one said, “I heard someone mention about King Charles' hands and how they're concerned about his health too and wow I'd never seen anything like it.” Another posted, “Forgive me, but the nurse in me is worried about King Charles’s hands.”
 
The next one tweeted, “I know the next thing that may cause a stir especially after King Charles’ address at 6pm. His hands. He has a chronic illness. Dactylitis is severe inflammation of the finger and toe joints. The puffy nature of the inflammation can make your digits look like sausages.” Whereas, another added, “Why do King Charles' hands look like he ordered those anchor arms from SpongeBob?” And, one concluded, “Stop going on about Charles’ fat hands. Glad I’ve got a king with gout. Feels historic” adding a laughing emoticon in the end.  

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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales waves to members of the public during a visit to Cockington Court, a centre of creativity which is operated by Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust on July 20, 2022 in Torquay, United Kingdom. The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall are on a 3-day visit to the southwestern region to celebrate the Prince of Wales' 70th year as the Duke of Cornwall.
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales waves to members of the public during a visit to Cockington Court, a centre of creativity which is operated by Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust on July 20, 2022 in Torquay, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andrew Matthews-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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