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what can i do additonal for swelling on an infected thumb nail and how long should i give antibiotics before having it drained? my son slammed his thumb into a car door. after about a week the soarness went away, but the nail bed was damage. soon after

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Dr. William Strinden
Plastic Surgery 40 years experience
Get : Get the nail plate removed and any pus in the volar pad or around the nail drained immediately.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
The : The most common cause after an injury such as this with swelling would be a fracture. At times the swelling from a fracture persists, so get an x-ray an ingection in the pulp or under the nail needs to be drained, antibioitic alone ( if the tissues are "pointing" why we sometimes refer to as a pregnant finger sign are typically not enough without surgical drainage the combination of a fracture and and infection is dangerous and could lead to long term problems so today..As its a day past get to see someone.

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