During King Charles’s coronation ceremony his “sausage fingers” stole the spotlight.
The Royal Palace has yet to comment on the ongoing health status of King Charles but Doctor Chun Tang has made a diagnosis from afar off.
Dr. Tung stated that Charles’ inflamed fingers are likely due to water retention from an underlying medical condition.
Tung was quoted saying “This condition arises due to inflammation and can be a result of arthritis, multiple bacterial infections or even TB
The medical reason behind King Charles's 'sausage fingers' https://t.co/TG3oRSzLCk
— The Independent (@Independent) May 6, 2023
— Mirror Royal (@MirrorRoyal) May 5, 2023
Here’s what the New York Post reported:
King Charles’ “sausage fingers” have become infamous, and many have wondered why they’re like that.
A doctor has given insight into the potential cause of the 74-year-old monarch’s swollen fingers — and even shared that there’s a technical name for the condition.
According to GP Chun Tang, Medical Director at Pall Mall Medical in Manchester, UK, there are many reasons that someone could have “sausage fingers.”
“Often puffy fingers are a symptom of water retention which can be caused by numerous health conditions,” Tang told the Daily Mail.
“This condition arises due to inflammation and can be a result of arthritis, multiple bacterial infections or even TB,” he continued. “Other possibilities include high salt levels, allergic reactions, medicinal side effects, injury and autoimmune diseases.”
The official name for sausage fingers is dactylitis.
According to Cleveland Clinic, most types of inflammation only affect one concentrated area, but with dactylitis, the entire finger or toe will be swollen along its entire length.
— New York Post (@nypost) May 6, 2023
Others on Twitter had a different diagnosis:
Dactylitis (sausage finger) is often associated with the type of arthritis I have. I hope all the fuss about King Charles having sausage fingers doesn't make people who suffer this, often painful, condition embarrassed about it.
— OrganisedPauper (@OrganisedPauper) May 6, 2023
Per the Mirror:
Ever since then-Prince Charles joked about his “sausage fingers” back in 2012, after getting off a long haul flight to Australia, many have wondered what is the cause of the monarch’s swollen hands.
While King Charles III, who is preparing for his Coronation at Westminster Abbey, has never directly addressed the reason, many royal fans have speculated, especially after seeing him pour a pint during a royal engagement in 2021.
At the time, one fan took to Twitter to say: “I’ve never noticed the hands of Prince Charles until this photo. Is he okay? They are so swollen.”
Now a doctor has given insight into the potential cause of the 74-year-old’s so-called ‘sausage’ fingers.
Dr Tang told the Daily Mail: “Often puffy fingers are a symptom of water retention which can be caused by numerous health conditions.
We’ve actually covered this before…
Here is a DEEP DIVE into the “Sausage Fingers”:
EXPLAINED: Why Does “King” Charles Have Sausage Fingers?
Yes folks, this is a real article.
Yes, this is a real investigation.
I know many of you don’t much care about the Royals, and neither do I.
But I saw something today that was so strange I had to share it with you, and it’s all about King Charles’ hands and feet — and why do they look like sausages?
Not even sausages but “mini” sausages…
Please stick with me, because I’m very serious about this and you might agree once you see them.
Also, this is not something Photoshopped or fake — other news organizations are also exploring this strange phenomenon.
You may have seen these photos circulating around, but if not you are about to be shocked.
At least I was.
It’s actually kind of funny….everyone talking about how the Monarchy is in “good hands”.
They keep using the phrase “good hands”.
Which I guess led someone to actually zoom in on his hands, and well, see for yourself:
Newspapers and the BBC reporting on the Queen :
"In King Charles III, the monarchy is in safe, reliable pair of hands"
The Hands: pic.twitter.com/pq9ugRpEua
— Modhaboboooooo👻 (@Modhabobo) September 9, 2022
Yes folks, that’s a real photo and not altered.
The most common response is they look like mini sausages:
King Charles' hands look like those sausages from regular show😭 pic.twitter.com/IoqECojfHx
— يونغ فانو (@yourmomzfantasy) September 9, 2022
Or perhaps this is more accurate?
King Charles III fingers pic.twitter.com/Xts6FVEaJH
— $JCC (@boomyoureout) September 9, 2022
But the photos are real:
Here are a bunch more pictures so you can see in several different settings…
And it’s not just the hands, it’s the feet too:
Sausage Fingers Charles is now King. pic.twitter.com/fG0lp3oUDn
— 🇺🇦memes.x.jesus🇬🇪 🌟 (@memesxjesus) September 8, 2022
All hail our new King WEF Charles “Climate Change” Sausage Fingers 👑 pic.twitter.com/vq13GJiJV0
— Charlotte, The Baroness 💫 (@CharlotteEmmaUK) September 8, 2022
Is this what a lifetime of no manual labor or physical activity gets you?
Is there gout in those fingers?
psychiatrist: king charles’ sausage fingers can’t hurt you
me: they’ve pic.twitter.com/GlK43fLmy9
— ceeks (@70Ceeks) September 10, 2022
The feet look just as bad!
Queen Elizabeth II has died, but based on these extremities, methinks King "sausage fingers" Charles , will be short lived. pic.twitter.com/K4brqjPfSB
— Radio Gunk 🎙 (@RadioGunk) September 8, 2022
And here is a zoom in I took from a live video yesterday…
They look about the same as in all the photos:
Close up of King Charles while shaking hands: pic.twitter.com/YSvKJLyozR
— DailyNoah.com (@DailyNoahNews) September 10, 2022
Now let’s dig into what’s actually going on here medically…
Because we’re not the only people talking about it.
Check this out:
— Alex Wellman (@Alex_Wellman) September 9, 2022
Here’s what the Daily Star reported:
A doctor has weighed in after the internet exploded with speculation over King Charles III’s red and swollen fingers.
Dr Gareth Nye has spoken out on Charles’s hands following the death of the monarch’s mother Queen Elizabeth II.
Images of the new ruler’s hands have been circulating online since the Queen passed away yesterday (Thursday, September 8), aged 96 at her residence in Balmoral.
The Queen’s advanced age when she passed meant that her son and heir Charles was far from a young man when he ascended to the throne aged 73.
Taking to Twitter, user @Anaiishhh1said: “Have y’all ever seen Charles’s fingers”.
Meanwhile, @leahgaraas added: “A reminder that these are King Charles III’s fingers”.
Adding authority to the debate, Dr Gareth Nye, Senior Lecturer at the University of Chester, has spoken to the Daily Star to offer some expert advice on what the King’s swollen fingers could really say about his health.
He said that while “loads of conditions” could lead to swollen fingers, he said some were more likely than others.
One possibility was oedema, or fluid retention. Dr Nye said: “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.
“Oedema is a common condition and mostly affects people over the age of 65 as the ability for fluid control is restricted,” he added.
“To see if this is the cause, pressing the swollen area for about 15 seconds would cause a depression in the area.”
Another condition Dr Nye said was a possibility was arthritis.
He said: “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.
Excited for like three months of King Charles; my man’s hands look like footy scran pic.twitter.com/vbjgUUQIHv
— Rupert S. Pupkins (@RequiemArm) September 8, 2022
Express.co also weighed in:
Pictures of the outing showed that Charles had painful-looking swelling in his feet, as well as hands.
The royal’s enlarged extremities could have been down to heat or due to the effects of a long-haul flight.
Inactivity and changes in atmospheric conditions while flying can result in swelling and water retention in some parts of the body.
After one long flight to Australia in 2012, Charles joked about having “sausage fingers” once he had landed.
Swelling in the arms or hands is caused by a build-up of fluid and can often subside on its own.
Known as oedema, the condition can be the result of staying in the same position for too long, eating too much salty food, being pregnant or taking certain medicines, according to the NHS.
Symptoms include swollen or puffy arms or hands and shiny, stretched skin.
Swelling can be eased in a whole host of ways, including lying down and using pillows to raise the swollen area, as well as moving and massaging affected areas of the body.
Exercising, drinking plenty of water and keeping arms or hands moisturised can also help.
So it looks like most experts are saying it’s oedema, and it doesn’t look good for him!
You can watch a live video of him from yesterday and judge for yourself:
A chorus of 'God save the King' breaks out as King Charles shakes hands with well-wishers outside Buckingham Palace.
📺 Sky 501, Virgin 602, Freeview 233 and YouTube pic.twitter.com/e8zZmyHEhY
— Sky News (@SkyNews) September 9, 2022
Here is a portion of a message he gave yesterday:
King Charles: "I want to express my love for Harry and Meghan, as they continue to build their lives overseas".
— TalkTV (@TalkTV) September 9, 2022
Of course, never forget when he did THIS to President Trump…
Yeah, we saw it:
The new King of England, King Charles III, once flipped off Donald Trump: pic.twitter.com/4rIuqmp03Z
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) September 8, 2022
And is he beloved by all?
Check out this clip of someone shouting “guillotine, guillotine!” apparently towards Charles live on the air:
The moment a member of the public shouts "guillotine!" as King Charles III meets and greets crowds at Buckingham Palace ☠️
— Need To Know (@NeedToKnow__NTK) September 9, 2022
Curious what you think about the Royal Family…