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Cut Chunk Thumb
Emergency Medical: Care if there is a large portion of thumb that has been lost. ...Read more
Apply immediate: Pressure to stop bleeding and seek emergent medical care. ...Read more
I cut a chunk of the tip of my thumb off. Had it cauterized. Didn't get clear instructions in care. Please help. I start work again in 8 days.?
Call the place: Where you were seen and get clear instructions. I wld wash with soap and water. Apply antibiotic ointment and then keep it covered. Two things to check on. First is the distal bone involved. If so need antibiotics. Second check your tetanus status. If there is increased redness drainage etc see a doctor immediately. ...Read more
I'm a wildland firefighter. I cut a chunk of the tip of my thumb off. It was cauterized. What's the quickest I can be back out there. Any healing tip?
Let it heal: Follow the wound care instructions given to you by the treating physician. Protect the wound from further trauma. Sorry this means no axe or shovel work until you have new tissue covering the wound. Re-injury or infection only prolong the process and keep you off the line longer. ...Read more
I cut a little chunk of my thumb off accidentally. It's clean and not bleeding but it hurts. What type of pain meds should I use? Drink lots of water?
Local care: This type of injury is best handled with care of the wound itself by cleaning it, applying bacitracin, bandaging the area for protection. For throbbing discomfort Tylenol (acetaminophen) is preferred as it doesn't accentuate bleeding. See a physician for swelling, spreading redness, or increasing pain. Are you up to date with a tetanus shot? ...Read more
I cut a chunk out of my thumb and went to the er. They put sergifoam in the evulsion and bandaged it up. My skin healed over it. That bad?
No: A doctor will need to remove the material from your thumb. It is not a major procedure and may require some local anesthetic or not since it is right near the surface. The missing chunk of your thumb may actually fill back in after that. The important thing was to stop the bleeding with the foam. ...Read more
I cut out a chunk of my thumb on pad oposite of the finger nail. The cut is about 1/8ths inch deep and bit more than half the size of dime in diameter. The cut happened 48 hours ago and I have been changing the bandage daily with neosporin added. Should I
First: First things first, have you had a tetanus shot in the last 10 years? If not, you really need one. Thank goodness you had a superficial cut. You may need to use non-stick bandage to avoid ripping the top off of the cut. Sometimes, if the bandage is adherent, soaking it can help to remove the bandage without pulling off whatever scab has formed. If the area becomes red, hot, swollen, or has red streaks, purulent drainage or you develop fever, then it has become infected. Infections on fingers and hands can be really problematic. If there is any sign of infection, you need to get medical care asap. ...Read more
I cut a chunk of the tip of my thumb off with a knife. I went into the ER and they had to cauterize it to stop the bleeding. No bone. Recovery time?
Ouch!: It will take a week before you can keep it open to air and about 2 weeks when you can stop covering it with a bandage at all. The younger you are the faster it will heal. Try some Corium-21 on it after 4 days, it helps wounds heal much faster. You can only get this on line. Until that any triple antibiotic ointment will be fine. ...Read more
Yes: Your thumb is very important and it is what makes us human. Any injury to your thumb is important and should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more
Took a chunk off the tip of my thumb a week ago. DR cauterized it. Tip is still black and ashy grey. I wash it daily. This ok? Any healing tips?
Exam, observation: Watch your thumb, see if it havs full motion in all planes, if not there are special tests to isolate specific tendons. There are longer tendons that begin in the forearm and movement of the wrist creates tenodesis motion, solated extension of the thumb off a table, independent ip joint motion, lag in motion etc...See a hand surgeon. ..They know all this. ...Read more
Yes and no:
If it is a small piece you can remove it.
If it is covering part of the bed under the nail then keep it cover till it heals underneath. The bed under the nail is very tender if exposed. Apply vaseline to the area that is exposed till it heals. ...Read more
Superfast healing: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation (red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more
Wait: A cut thumb is not like original one. It will get better with time and physiotherapy of exercise of thumb. Nt over do it. Take it easy. ...Read more
Healing a cut: Sometimes, they use steristrips after sutures, sometimes I put desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) which has antibacterial and growth properties due to zinc, on it and cover with gauze (not bandaids they keep moisture in and promote infection). If near a joint (which it is) try not to move so ask/buy a small splint. If red, pus, pain it is infected and go back to doctor. ...Read more
If your thumb is: Infected, please seek medical care.Get a more detailed answer ›
My circulation to my thumb was cut off all night. Was about 12 hours. Will I be okay or should I seek medical help?
Is your thumb OD?: If your thumb feels ok now, there is no need to seek help, if it's not do seek help asap. ...Read more
I have one said of my thumb nail blacking and thick. Each time I cut it off it grows back the same. What is causing this?
See your doctor: You should have your doctor look at it if it persists. ...Read more
Got a small cut in my thumb with this bronze looking metal paper thing. For a project. Not sure if it's real metal. Should I be worried?
I just cut my thumb while opening a can. The cut is only about 1/2cm long, but it is fairly deep. It doesn't hurt very much. What should I do?
My son cut his thumb by sticking it in a soda can last night. Its a fairly deep cut, should he still be experiencing some intermittent bleeding?
The bleeding should stop by now, unless the wound is not covered and he keeps on injuring it or scratches it. Suturing is usually done in the fresh wound.
Please keep the area clean, you may apply topical antibiotic, apply pressure if the bleeding noted. If bleeding does not stop after 5 minutes of pressure then get him seen. ...Read more
I cut my thumb deep enough to indent it. I suspect I have severed a nerve. At 16 will I and how long will it take to regain feeling and fill out?
2 weeks ago I cut my lower part of my thumb now I can barely move it and the wound is close. How long will it to completely heal? Or will it ever heal?
Cut part of my thumb ALMOST off. Opened the bandage10days later the part seems to have reattached itself but part of the reattached part is white now?
Wound care: The white coloration may be related to the area being occluded and wet. This can make the area look white and a little puffy. If the feeling is good, cover with dry dressing and see how it looks in 24 hours ...Read more