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how do i treat a severely jammed finger?

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Dr. Christopher Guzik
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Ice, rest: The first steps to treating such an injury is icing and elevating the finger. Ice the injury for 15 minutes and then remove the ice until the finger temperature returns to normal. Then repeat the process. After the swelling decreases and the pain subsides, try to move the finger very slightly. If the injury is mild, you will be able to move with little discomfort over a short time.
Dr. Brian Chimenti
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Jammed finger: You need to make sure that there is no fracture nor any significant ligament or tendon injury. Check with your doctor to find out for sure. If diagnosis is correct, range of motion exercises are extremely important. Modalities to reduce swelling include ice, elevation, and nsaids. Heat helps warm up and loosen joint aiding in range of motion.

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Can a fingerstick test cause a hole in my finger?

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Typically...: If there's a hole in your finger, then the pokey part of the stick worked. If i understand you correctly, are you concerned about the size o the hole or whether it will close and stop bleeding? I can assure you nothing but a bit of blood will come out. Unless you are sticking yourself with a knife, or a non approved instrument?!
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Is there a device that doesn't have to be calibrated after a finger meter test?

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Yes please reed?: 'no coding' systems. Older systems required 'coding' of the strips to the meter. This carried a risk of 'miscoding', which can lead to inaccurate results. Two approaches have resulted in systems that no longer require coding. Some systems are 'autocoded', where technology is used to code each strip to the meter. And some are manufactured to a 'single code', thereby avoiding the risk of miscoding.
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What finger should I use when I do a fingerstick test?

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Finger stick: You can use any finger but you have better luck getting enough blood if you use the index or middle fingers as they have larger pads and larger number of capillaries.
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Can I contract diseases through a stick hole in my finger?

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Would you go to a surgeon with 6 fingers?

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