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A 24-year-old female asked:

Hi! about a month ago i sliced my finger pretty bad. it took 11 stitches to close. i'm curious about how long the swelling will last. it's still as swollen as it was after i cut it. the area has healed well from the stitches. however whenever i touch it t

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Dr. Georgia Latham
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Immobilization: will help your finger to heal better. Use of the finger and the fact that hands are usually in a dependent position contribute to continued swelling. Wrap the finger with lots of padding or use a finger splint to immobilize the finger; take the dressing or splint off 3-4 times a day and move the finger so that it doesn't get stiff. Elevate your hand above the level of the heart as much as possible
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Dr. Robert Goldenberg
Dentistry 54 years experience
Cut Finger: Continuous long standing swelling long after a healing cut should be seen by your primary care physician.This seems to indicate something is still wrong.
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Last updated Nov 28, 2017


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