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Culver City, CA
A 19-year-old female asked:

Can a small cut on the finger, even a paper cut , that doesn't even bleed cause the finger to have a knot or to be a little bit swollen?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 29 years experience
Yes: The normal healing process involves an inflammatory phase which most often manifests as redness and slight swelling in the first few days. For skin cuts, burns, abrasions, etc. , if you are keeping the injured area clean, the redness and swelling should reduce significantly or resolve within a few days. If it does not reduce or is obviously worsened, there may be infection requiring medical help.
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Last updated May 18, 2016

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