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Middletown, CT
A 31-year-old female asked:

Was pricked by rose thorn directly in my left hand index finger knuckle. had to pull thorn out of glove! immediately became red, painful, swollen, and loss of mobility. i am concerned it left fungal infection called sporotrichosis.what should i do?

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Rose thorn injury: Well sporotrichosis is more of a problem LATER after the initial injury. That's because indeed it's a slow-growing fungus. What happened immediately was probably just the reaction to the injury. Ouch! I would clean it out, apply bacitracin, make sure you're up to date on tetanus then elevate the hand. Check with doc to make sure the joint (knuckle) was not penetrated by the thorn. Hope this helps!
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