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how to reduce swelling for a smashed fingers

A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Greer
44 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: Need to know the cause;fluid retention, arthritis, trauma?New or chronic?

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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Sider
39 years experience Sports Medicine
Ice, immobilized: If you have a large amount of swelling from this type of crush injury, it will gradually decrease with ice, splint and NSAID meds. If you have a ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
28 years experience Podiatry
Ice: Ice and elevation of the finger are ways to reduce finger swelling. Make sure the finger is not infected if it is an antibiotic is likely required.
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Dr. Jose J Monsivais
50 years experience Hand Surgery
Motion and elevation: If the cause has been treated and controlled, motion and elevation is all that is needed. But it mat still take a long time to clear up.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Tuckman
23 years experience Hand Surgery
First Diagnose: You first need to diagnose what the reason for the swelling is. Given your age this is most likely a sprain but could be many things.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Einbecker
36 years experience Hand Surgery
What was injury: Usually ice, elevationand a light coban wrap will work well. If not better in a few days i would get it looked at and possible even in x-ray.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Schleimer
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See MD: Swelling fingers: both hands? Recent trauma? New ring or bracelet? Could be allergic. In the mean time you can ice the area, remove rings, jewelry an ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Deitch
30 years experience Hand Surgery
Coban wrapping: I assume that you have a swollen finger due to an injury. I often have patients wrap the finger from the tip to the base with coban or coflex, which i ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Steven
30 years experience Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
Needs evaluation : Allergies generally don't cause finger swelling. You should discuss this with your physician, who can refer you to an allergist, if it seems like that ... Read More
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Dr. Philip Miller
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Infection:UC/ER: Unfortunately a cat claw scratch under a nail is problematic since the cat's claws are contaminated from the litter box and licking. Start on topical ... Read More
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A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
57 years experience Dermatology
Paperclip: Bend paper clip to have a straight end. Secure with a clamp or pliers so you can hold over a flame until red-hot. Press into the nail until the blood ... Read More

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