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smashed tip of finger up to, but not including, joint. no fracture on x-ray. no blue on nail. swollen on fingerprint side. how do i relieve pressure?

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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
41 years experience Internal Medicine
Cold Compress: You may have a Hematoma, that is blood accumulation in the area, which will show the dark bluish -purplish discoloration tomorrow. You may need to drain if pain is aggravating. Wait for now , just apply cold compress.
Answered on Jul 27, 2014
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Dr. James Budd
41 years experience Internal Medicine
Ice, patience...: Would not add insult to injury by trying to drain, since swelling likely to go down with elevation, intermittent icing.
Answered on May 11, 2015
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Dr. Nayana Trivedi
38 years experience Internal Medicine
Elevate the hand: YOu have developed Hematoma. It will resolve in 1 to 2 weeks. Apply Ice to this area. Keep your hand up, may be in sling so that it dos not dangle down in usual position. Gravity pulls the blood and causes Throabing pain. and increase pressure thereby. Take Anti infalmmatory like Aleve (naproxen) to Ibuprofen if you cannot find relief with Ice and Elevation. Glad you did not have fracture
Answered on Jul 27, 2014
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Dr. Tarek Nashawi
19 years experience Hospital-based practice
Elevate and ice: as long as the skin is intact you should be fine. Keep your hand elevated all the time, like above shoulder and apply ice. If the swelling gets worse you might need antibiotics.
Answered on Nov 24, 2016
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Dr. Marvin Ott
19 years experience Emergency Medicine
You can't: Paul, there is no procedure to remove the pressure. You can try icing the finger (bagged frozen peas for 20 min at a time), and antiinflammatories. Hope this helps!
Answered on Oct 8, 2017
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Auricular acupuncture (using EAR) can help with pain.
Jul 28, 2014
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
Elevate hand also
Jul 27, 2014
Dr. Thomas Horn
36 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Contused volar pad: Bleeding into the fat pad of the finger is painful and causes the pressure. Unless it's a subungual hematoma under the nail, the pressure cannot be relieved with simple home remedies. Elevation, ice, and eventually some gentle massage will help loosen up the pressure and relieve the pain over a couple of weeks. Wearing a Band-Aid during work activities sometimes will minimize the sensitivity.
Answered on Oct 8, 2017
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Dr. Mitzi Johnson
35 years experience Integrative Medicine
Topical Arnica is a natural remedy that helps decrease bruising and the pain of swelling. If you take blood thinners check with your doctor before using it and avoid getting it in the eyes.
Dec 18, 2014
Dr. James Lin
Dr. James Lin commented
50 years experience Urology
Oftentimes, time and patience are the best medicine.
Nov 29, 2014
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
Ice and elevation: will help decrease the swelling and therefore the pressure.
Answered on Aug 2, 2015

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