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When should I seek medical attention for a finger injury?

When should I seek medical attention for a finger injury?

Deformity-nonhealing: One should seek medical attention for a finger injury when there is a deformity, severe pain, or non-healing (i.e. Symptoms are persistent.). ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


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When should I seek medical attention for a severe finger jam?

When should I seek medical attention for a severe finger jam?

Great pain; crooked: Treatment for a jammed finger includes: rest, cold packs, & elevating that hand up to the chest. Motrin or Advil (ibuprofen) for 3 days helps reduce the swelling & pain. One can "buddy splint" by taping the injured finger to the finger next to it for a few days. If the pain is severe, the finger crooked, or the range of motion significantly decreased, a primary or orthopedic doctor can evaluate & do an x-ray. ...Read more

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I have a jammed thumb and a bruised palm, do I need to seek medical attention?

I have a jammed thumb and a bruised palm, do I need to seek medical attention?

Yes: The bruising is from blood that can be the result of a muscle, ligament or bone injury. A thorough medical evaluation (that will likely include x-rays) will determine whether you injured a bone (break/fracture) or soft tissue (ligament sprain or muscle tear) or both. ...Read more

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When do I need to seek medical attention for a fever?

When do I need to seek medical attention for a fever?

For an adult if: You have a temp > 104 get medical evaluation. However get help well before then if you have difficulty breathing, obvious infection etc. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to seek medical attention if i have a sprained ankle or a stable ankle fracture?

Is it necessary to seek medical attention if i have a sprained ankle or a stable ankle fracture?

Consequences ?: About the only thing necessary is for you to decide if you want to risk not seeking medical attention. Failure not to could and many times does have consequences that patients never counted on. Probably best to use good judgment and seek the medical attention. ...Read more

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When to seek medical treatment for a jammed arm?

When to seek medical treatment for a jammed arm?

Now: Unless you are pretty sure it was a mild injury, it is not a bad idea to be seen and evaluated just to make sure you did not break it ...Read more

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Should you seek medical attention for a fever when it's actually good for health?

Should you seek medical attention for a fever when it's actually good for health?

Fever: is a short term way of fighting off illness. Fever can become a medical emergency if it goes too high. See doctor to have it monitored and to understand why fever is happening in the first place. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Should I see immediate medical assistance with a sudden left teaticle pain that will not go away?

Should I see immediate medical assistance with a sudden left teaticle pain that will not go away?

Torsion: This could be a torsion or twisting of the testicle in the sack. You should get this checked out ASAP. ...Read more

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For what symptoms must I seek immediate care after having a below the knee amputation?

For what symptoms must I seek immediate care after having a below the knee amputation?

Many symptoms: Before or after any surgery, the risks, the potential complications, the potential mortality must be stated to you in a manner that you understand. There should be regular post-op visits to make sure all the healing is going well. Immediate care needs to be sought if there is suddenly new pain or increased pain in the area; or pus, redness, red streaks coming from wound, anything of concern. ...Read more

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When should you seek medical attention for headaches? How frequent / severe should migraines be before you seek medical help?

When should you seek medical attention for headaches? How frequent / severe should migraines be before you seek medical help?

Now : Now that we have medicines that significantly shorten or stop migraines why suffer. Talk to your doctor about the headaches to help her determine if they fulfill the criteria for a migraine diagnosis. I don't usually order a ct scan if the history is typical for migraine and the neurological examination is normal. If the migraines are infrequent she may prescribe a triptan to be taken at the onset of the headache. If they are frequent, you may benefit from a preventive medicine as well. I had migraines for years before someone told me there were treatments available. (this was before medical school). Don't let migraines spoil your life. The good news is that they often stop after menopause. ...Read more

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Should I seek medical attention after getting high off of a chemical?

Should I seek medical attention after getting high off of a chemical?

Yes: I don't know what chemicals you got high off of and i don't know your medical history and state of health. You may need testing and treatment. That said, you need to be seen in order to determine if you have an addiction that you need to be introduced to trreatment for. See help! ...Read more

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What could cause neck pain for over a week? And should I seek medical attention?

What could cause neck pain for over a week? And should I seek medical attention?

You may try: Some anti-inflammatory medications, if you do not have a medical contraindication. If symptoms persist, see your pcp doctor. There are a lot of causes for this type of symptom, and evaluation will be needed with continuation of sympoms. ...Read more

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I heard a loud pop followed by pain in my knee. How important is it to seek medical attention?

Possible Injury: The pop could be a ligament tearing. The pop and pain are a sign of a possible serious injury in your knee. You should have it evaluated to decrease the changes of long-term problems from an injury. ...Read more

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What should you do for a sore throat and when should you seek medical attention?

What should you do for a sore throat and when should you seek medical attention?

Supportive care: Rest, hydration, pain control and warm saltwater gargles are measures to take at the onset of a sore throat. Symptoms for more than 5 days, or the development of chills or overall worsening warrants a visit to your healthcare provider. ...Read more

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When must one seek immediate help if I have a black eye?

When must one seek immediate help if I have a black eye?

Vision down, infecti: If your vision is disturbed, the pain is significant, there is skin tearing or bleeding through the skin, or the eye cannot move, then seek help. Also if the hit was enough to fracture the bones around the eye, then you need evaluation also. See your ophthalmologist for this. ...Read more

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I have a boil about 1 inch from my anus. It is at the site of a former fistula surgery. Should i wait for it to come to a head or seek immediate attention. If so, family doc or colorectal doc to lance?

I have a boil about 1 inch from my anus. It is at the site of a former fistula surgery. Should i wait for it to come to a head or seek immediate attention. If so, family doc or colorectal doc to lance?

Colorectal doc: A "boil" at the site of a previous fistula surgery suggests that the fistula has returned. It will probably drain itself easily with hot soaks or baths but the track will persist. Recurrent fistulas can be difficult so a colorectal specialist would be your best option. ...Read more

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When should you seek immediate medical help for sciatica?

When should you seek immediate medical help for sciatica?

Immediate Care: If you have weakness or bowel/bladder incontinence than it can be an emergency that may need to be evaluated for surgery. This suggests that the disc is significant compressing nerves in the spinal canal reducing their function. Generally though, a majority of slipped discs or herniations are mostly painful and resolve over time and do not cause long term effects. ...Read more

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Finger Injury (Definition)

A common ailment that can range from minor cuts and scrapes to wounds with major damage to ...Read more