Why does King Charles have 'sausage fingers'? A doctor tells all

Today is the day of the Coronation and as King Charles III and Camilla are officially crowned at Westminster Abbey, the internet can’t seem to stop talking about one thing.

King Charles’ ‘sausage fingers’.

The King’s fingers are very swollen and he himself has previously joked about the appearance of his hands.

He poked fun at himself calling his fingers ‘sausage fingers’ in a letter to a friend which described his new baby boy Prince William at the time of his birth.

In the excerpt which is quoted in The Man Who Will Be King by Howard Hodgson, Charles states: ‘I can’t tell you how excited and proud I am. He really does look surprisingly appetising and has sausage fingers just like mine.’

On this historic day, ‘sausage fingers’ is trending once more. But what is the actual reason for Charles’s fingers being so swollen?

GP Chun Tang, Medical Director at Pall Mall Medical in Manchester told MailOnline that there could be many ‘reasons a person may suffer with sausage fingers’.

‘Often puffy fingers are a symptom of water retention which can be caused by numerous health conditions. Sausage fingers are officially known as dactylitis. 

‘This condition arises due to inflammation and can be a result of arthritis, multiple bacterial infections or even TB.’

TB can cause bone inflammation which means the bones in the hands and feet swell and change shape. This can also be really painful.

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Tang also mentioned that high salt levels (which causes water retention and therefore swollen digits), allergic reactions, medicinal side effects, injury and autoimmune diseases could also be reasons contributing to the size of Charles’ fingers. 

‘Treatment for this condition can be determined when the underlying cause is identified. A blood test should be carried out to determine the underlying issues,’ he said.

Social media hasn’t been shy about poking fun at the King’s fingers. One user posted a picture of ‘king size’ ASDA sausages and captioned it ‘Can you believe ASDA are selling replicas of King Charles’s fingers for £2.50’.

In a recent royal photo of himself and Camilla, the monarch wore a simple pinstripe suit but he had his hands hidden from view, tucked behind his back and then in his pocket.

Social media users joked that the monarch has been ‘bullied’ into keeping his fingers out of the picture.

One person also commented: ‘I can’t believe Twitter has bullied the literal king into never showing his hands.’

While another commented: ‘I want to abolish the monarchy but I do still feel bad that we have gang bullied a grown man into never showing his hands again,’ another quipped.

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