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A 36-year-old member asked:

What can i do for a finger closed in a car door?

4 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Temporary painrelief: Temporary things that can be done include ice or cold compresses, elevation, tylenol (acetaminophen) and advil. Finger injuries due to closing car doors frequently cause lacerations, fractures, subungal hematomas (blood under the nail) and soft tissue crush injuries. All of these should be evaluated by your doctor.
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Open the door: Just kidding... A finger in a car door can be very painful and may be associated with an fracture below. If it hurts a lot, is crooked, or is actively bleeding, it should be checked.
Dr. Ajay Balaram
Orthopedic Surgery 16 years experience
X-ray , ice, elevate: To help with the throbbing try ice and holding the finger up in the air to keep the swelling down. If it is painful for more than a day go get an x-ray as you may have a small fracture. If there any cuts apply antibiotic cream.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 36 years experience
Antiseptic, ice,: elevate. Check to see circulation look goods though can be deceiving Need to check for integrity of skin and the finger nail. X-rays if suspicious for fracture, washed out and sutured if lacerated. Check for tendon motion. Any doubts see a medical provider. If it does not feel or look right don't wait

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A 50-year-old member asked:

Finger get hit by car door.What to do?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Maybe nothing: If it is mild bruising/contusion, just keep it elavated; otc motrin/aleve may help with pain etc...If you can't move/bend it or if pain is severe, you may have a fracture. Check with your doc for possible xray---a finger splint maybe needed if fracture is found.

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