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A 21-year-old female asked:

what skin infection can make your finger red, hard, and clear stuff comes out? how can i get rid off it at home?

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Dr. Warren Everett
Specializes in Family Medicine
Cellulitis?: This could be a paronychia or cellulitis that requires antibiotics and sometimes drainage. See a doctor soonest
Dr. William Coutts ii
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Herpetic whitlow: It sounds like it may be herpetic whitlow. There are anti viral medications available to treat this viral infection.
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Difficult to say: without seeing/examining the finger. Is there a hard lump that is draining clear fluid? I would not recommend trying a home remedy without knowing for sure what you are dealing with. It could be a ganglion cyst or a viral vesicle, contact dermatitis, or some other infection, all of which would be treated differently. One safe thing you can do till u see MD, is soak finger in warm/hot saltwater.

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Last updated Mar 22, 2020

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