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A 33-year-old member asked:

how could i tell the difference between a sprained and broken finger?

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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Xray: Unfortunately you can't know for sure without getting an xray done. See a doctor if you have pain after an injury.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
X-ray: An x-ray will help to determine the difference.
Dr. Mark Galland
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Finger Fracture: An x-ray and examination by an orthopedic physician is the best and most accurate way to determine this. He/she will be able to determine the appropriate course of treatment and return to activity guidelines. Hope this helps and best of luck!
Dr. Ronald Holzman
Mammography, Breast Ultrasound 47 years experience
If x-ray is normal and there remains a consideration for a fracture, an MRI may prove beneficial.
Jun 15, 2013

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How do I safely remove iodine from my fingers?

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Acetone: Acetone the main ingredient in nail polish remover is the best way to remove iodine from the skin.
A 28-year-old member asked:

How does a finger nail develop a fungus?

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Dr. Joseph Bark
Dermatology 49 years experience
Onychomycosis.: Onychomycosis, or toenail fungus. Is a growth of plantlike matter within the substance of the toenail. As a toenail grows out the fungus attaches to its distal edge and move proximally or toward the body. Onychomycosis is usually caught in males much easier than in females, and many of those males have been in the armed forces previously with contact with the fungus in showers and and barracks.
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Or out in the field or combat areas in which wet feet, dirty socks, constant foot trauma from hiking over rough terrain and other such indignities may increase exposure to fungus.
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A 42-year-old member asked:

How can I treat a sprained pinky?

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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 31 years experience
The pinky blues: How to get rid of the "blues": ice 20 minutes on/20 minutes off during 1st week. After 1 week, heat or ice, whatever feels better. Arnica. Nsaids like Ibuprofen with food if your stomach's okay. Gentle stretching. If gets worse or not better in 2 weeks, see your doc. Hope your pinky's happy soon!
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A 35-year-old member asked:

Could successful joint replacement be done on the small finger?

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Dr. Stephen Daquino
Sports Medicine 21 years experience
Yes and no: Finger joint replacements do exist, but in my experience they don't work all that well. Hopefully an orthopedic surgeon will chime in with a 1st hand opinion.
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Why does the tip of my fingers start to peel and get really dry after cooking with onions?

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Acid: The onions have an acid that drys and etches the skin.

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