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A male asked:

Jumping-cholla cactus (mojavedesert.net/cactus/468-0468x.jpg) splinter got stuck ~4 weeks ago. now inside finger tip. bit pain on touch, but not red.

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Foreign body: You are describing a retained foreign body, a piece of the cactus that embedded under your skin. It is likely to be a source of infection, causing tenderness and pain. Eventually, sometimes after months or even years, retained foreign bodies can work themselves out. However, if this is tender, you may wish to see a surgeon or emergency physician and have this removed with a minor procedure.
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