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how can i tell if the stitches in my finger are getting infected

A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Krook
Dr. Jon Krook answered
23 years experience General Surgery
Redness or drainage: If there is significant redness, drainage or the pain seems to be getting worse, see your surgeon to determine if the sutures are infected.
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A male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
32 years experience Family Medicine
Laceration: your doctor must have felt that this laceration was at high risk of infection. That is why antibiotics were given in a the first place. Signs of infe ... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
35 years experience Pediatric Pulmonology
Mgt: If the cut is open and not healing well, then I would advise having it checked. There are steri strips which can help to close the edges of the woun ... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patrick Mckenna
13 years experience Preventive Medicine
Follow up. : Please follow up with your medical provider for proper care and treatment of an infected wound. Using sea salt may or may not do any harm (could caus ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Morell
28 years experience Rheumatology
Yes: Any open skin can allow penetration of bacteria.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Dr. Gary Pess answered
39 years experience Hand Surgery
12 hours best: If stitches are needed they are best within 12 hours to minimize infection. Clean it with antiseptic and keep it covered in the meantime.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Infection: Signs of infection can include: increased swelling, redness, tenderness, ^ pain, warmth, red streaks, purulent drainage, swollen lymph nodes or fever ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
22 years experience Infectious Disease
Doctor's call: Depending on what the wound looks like and where it is (as well has how long it's been 'untreated') will determine whether the doc decides to stitch i ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chirag Patel
Specializes in Neurology
Go to urgent care/ER: It's best to have a medical evaluation in urgent care or ER. The depth of the cut would be an important predictor of the need for stitches. http://www ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Weiss
51 years experience Plastic Surgery
See below: Heat, redness, swelling , pain and drainage are signs of infection.

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