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What is the treatment for hand infection?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 52 years experience
Proper care by doc.: A hand infection is very serious because all layers of skin, tendons, ligaments, nerves, muscles are all very close to surface; the skin is rather tight and infection can lead to destruction of any hand tissues. Furthermore it is the most important part of all the extremities for most functions. Must be opened to air, drained of pus, be on strong antibiotic (maybe intravenous). Must be rx be doc.
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Dr. Mark Wang
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Hand evaluation: Early medical attention is recommended for any hand infection. Superficial and milder cases can be sucessfully treated with oral antibiotics. A severe and worsening hand infection may require surgical irrigation and debridement to help eradicate the offending pathogen. An experienced infectious disease specialist can aid in tailoring the appropriate antibiotic treatment.
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Last updated Jun 30, 2021


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