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hey. i have two infected hands, got them crushed in a roller door. i'm on antibiotics but now i have streaks running up both arms. is this bad , ?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Valena Grbic
Internal Medicine 23 years experience
See a doctor: Your infection might be spreading. Red streaks could be coming from infected and inflamed veins. Signs of infection spreading to your deeper tissues are pain or discomfort with finger or hand movements and systemic symptoms like fever and malaise. See a doctor.
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Concerning: As the streaking may very well be lymphangitis, which is inflammation of the lymphatic channels that occurs related to nearby infections. If this is happening through antibiotics, you should consider a re-evaluation by your treating physician to make sure you are on appropriate treatment.
Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Yes: Red streaks going up the arm are serious. Please call your doc right away or go to the ER.

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