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A 23-year-old female asked:

I have a very red swollen finger and its yellow around the nail with throbbing pain, will i need to see a doctor or wull it fix its self?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
See your doctor: Sounds like you have an infection with pus so you'll need to see your doctor for treatment. Good luck.
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Dr. Steven Zimmet
Aesthetic Medicine 44 years experience
Infection: I agree with dr. Dowd and others that you should see your doctor. It sounds like you have an infection called paronychia - see http://www.Aafp.Org/afp/2001/0315/p1113.Html.
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Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Paronychia: Hot salt water soaks for 10 minutes three time a day for a few days usually does the trick. If it doesn't, you should see a hand surgeon for an evaluation. May need to be drained. Antibiotics rarely needed. Chronic infections may be due to yeast, in which case topical medicine might be prescribed.
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Last updated Oct 3, 2016

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