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A 18-year-old female asked:

I punched a wall and i have a boxers fracture in my ring knuckle. 5 days later i notice a red stripe going up my middle finger. i don't have a cast?

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Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Get t hat: evaluated ASAP..it usually represents the spread of an infection from an area of cellulitis (may be hardly noticed since it is in the swollen area! You may require antibiotics!! Hope this helps Dr Z
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Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Dr. Zimon is absolutely correct. You do not want an infection in a fracture, that is very bad news. Get checked ASAP and get it treated.
Aug 13, 2017
Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 40 years experience
ASAP means now (definitely within 24 hours). Call your doc or whoever diagnosed the fracture or go to an ER or UC.
Aug 13, 2017
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 46 years experience
Please do what Dr. Zamon advises.
Aug 15, 2017
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
See doctor: What you described suggests lymphangitis and may require treatment with antibiotics. See a doctor at your earliest. If you do not have access to a doctor, go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. Get HPV vaccine
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Last updated Aug 17, 2017


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