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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

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

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 ...Read more

Ibuprofen (Definition)

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (nsaid). It works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Ibuprofen is used to reduce fever and treat pain or inflammation caused by many conditions such as headache, toothache, back pain, arthritis, menstrual ...Read more


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Cut finger on metal 24 hrs ago. Tetanus ok, washed, doesn't look infected. Very tiny bit blood when change bandage. Normal healing or need stitches?

Cut finger on metal 24 hrs ago. Tetanus ok, washed, doesn't look infected. Very tiny bit blood when change bandage. Normal healing or need stitches?

Mgt: If the cut is open and not healing well, then I would advise having it checked. There are steri strips which can help to close the edges of the wound. Neosporin can be used after the area is cleaned gently to decrease healing time. ...Read more

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Had 12 stitches placed in rt middle finger 8 days ago. Swelling, increasing redness, and pain, but no fever, pus. Is it safe to remove stitches?

Had 12 stitches placed in rt middle finger 8 days ago. Swelling, increasing redness, and pain, but no fever, pus. Is it safe to remove stitches?

See doc who put in: The best person to decide the answer is someone who placed the sutures and can recheck the wound. If you can't see the person who placed them, find your PCP or an ED or acute care doc to check the wound.
It's impossible to tell you a good answer over the web or phone... ...Read more

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Finger laceration had 6 stitches. Flap came up after removal. A steristrip fell off after 10 days. Flap is open with fatty tissue. Who should I see?

Finger laceration had 6 stitches. Flap came up after removal. A steristrip fell off after 10 days. Flap is open with fatty tissue. Who should I see?

The same doctor: Who stitched it. There is a few things he or she may be able to do. If complicated a hand surgeon or a plastic surgeon would be able to help. ...Read more

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I got got stitches for a finger laceration about 5 days ago and now my hand is red and a little swollen?

I got got stitches for a finger laceration about 5 days ago and now my hand is red and a little swollen?

Finger Laceration: Recommend you see the doctor that put in the stitches. You may have an infection that requires treatment! ...Read more

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I started taking ibuprofen for arthritis. Now my feet, ankles are swollen. How long will it take for the swelling to go down after I stop the advil?

I started taking ibuprofen for arthritis. Now my feet, ankles are swollen. How long will it take for the swelling to go down after I stop the advil?

Varies: It varies quite a bit, you certainly did the right thing stopping it. If it does not get better with 24-48 hours, or get worse at any point, or if it associated with other symptoms such as shortness of breath or chest pain, you should be seen immediately, even if it means going to the ER. There are other potential causes which can be very serious. Hope you start feeling better! ...Read more

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I had an allergic reaction to bell peppers two days ago. Should I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for the residual swelling in my throat or stick with advil?

I had an allergic reaction to bell peppers two days ago. Should I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for the residual swelling in my throat or stick with advil?

As needed: Unfortunately, food reactions can persist for several days as the material proceeds through your digestive tract. If you tolerate Benadryl (diphenhydramine) ok you can certainly use it for several days. The advil is unlikely to influence allergic swelling. ...Read more

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I have ache in base of throat and neck. No cold symptoms but want to cough. Feel small swelling on sides of neck painful unless I take Advil (ibuprofen)

I have ache in base of throat and neck. No cold symptoms but want to cough. Feel small swelling on sides of neck painful unless I take Advil (ibuprofen)

Viral pharyngitis: This is how most viral infections of the throat present. If your symptoms do not resolve after three or four days then perhaps you should see your doctor. If you run fevers more than two days you should also see a dr. To make sure it is not strep throat. If you have difficulty swallowing or opening your mouth that would be reason to see the doctor right away. ...Read more

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Will Advil (ibuprofen) bring down the swelling of a sore throat?

Will Advil (ibuprofen) bring down the swelling of a sore throat?

It would be likely: To help with pain. I am not sure that it would cause a significant decrease in swelling. ...Read more

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My 4yo wakes up once every couple weeks or months screaming her leg hurts. Advil (ibuprofen) helps and fine from there on. No fevers or swelling?

My 4yo wakes up once every couple weeks or months screaming her leg hurts. Advil (ibuprofen) helps and fine from there on. No fevers or swelling?

Growing pains: This could be growing pains. Is it only one extremity always? Consider an appt with the pediatrician for evaluation since growing pains is a diagnosis of exclusion ...Read more

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Mild pain and swelling between right shoulder and spine. Advil (ibuprofen) helps but by end of day give me a headache. No movement problems Any thoughts?

Mild pain and swelling between right shoulder and spine. Advil (ibuprofen) helps but by end of day give me a headache. No movement problems Any thoughts?

Pain and swelling: Pain with swelling that persists can be indicative of a structural problem. Commonly in the area between the spine and shoulder blade it is a consequence of a sprain or strained muscle. Relief with any NSAIDs also suggests muscle or tendon inflammation.if the condition persists beyond 7-10 days get it evaluated ...Read more

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I got a goose egg on the right side of my head. It has beenswollen for two days. Now, the swelling has reached my eye and head and it is black also. Ice does not work. Is taking Advil (ibuprofen) good? What else can I do?

I got a goose egg on the right side of my head. It has beenswollen for two days. Now, the swelling has reached my eye and head and it is black also. Ice does not work. Is taking Advil (ibuprofen) good? What else can I do?

Head injury: It sounds like you've injured your head, and the swelling cannot be expected to go away immediately. I see you're also having dizziness. You need to be seen by a doctor since the swelling is extending and you're dizzy. You can go to an er to be examined. Concussion is possible. The homeopathic remedy arnica 30c may help with the bruising and swelling. A dose every 3-4 hours for first 2 days. ...Read more

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Have focal edema on coccyx (mri result). Pain for now 7 months. Getting worth. Tried ultra sound, laser for swelling, cushion, advil (ibuprofen). What's next?

Have focal edema on coccyx (mri result). Pain for now 7 months. Getting worth. Tried ultra sound, laser for swelling, cushion, advil (ibuprofen). What's next?

Cushion: Usually using a cushion with a cut out (donut cushion) for 100% if sitting will allow this to resolve. Only rarely is surgical excision needed as a last resort. ...Read more

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What is a common cause of swelling in the scrotum behind testicles? It gets worst after ejaculating, but better with advil (ibuprofen). Is it affected by cialis?

What is a common cause of swelling in the scrotum behind testicles? It gets worst after ejaculating, but better with advil (ibuprofen). Is it affected by cialis?

Likley epididymitis: The epididymis collects and warehouses sperm. It is very prone to getting inflammed and swollen. Antiinflammatories like advil (ibuprofen) help, and any activity like sex will make it hurt more. Cialis should have no effect. Other less likely causes to your condition would be fluid from a hydrocele or hernia. ...Read more

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11d post vasectomy. Alternating percocet, Advil (ibuprofen) 400mg, & taking herbal baths (uva ursi, marigold, witch hazel). Is pain/swelling normal for this long?

11d post vasectomy. Alternating percocet, Advil (ibuprofen) 400mg, & taking herbal baths (uva ursi, marigold, witch hazel). Is pain/swelling normal for this long?

Highly variable...: Post-vasectomy pain/swelling varies greatly from virtually painless with no swelling to severely painful with a huge swelling; the degree and frequency of such wide variation seems reflecting surgeons' skill.. Nonetheless, such situation is acceptable as long as improving surely ; slowly day by day. How long does it take to resolve? Occasionally, maybe up to 2-4 weeks. So, wait and see, ;. .. ...Read more

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Hard painful pea sized lump on throat in middle & near top kind of close to chin Advil (ibuprofen) didn't help swelling or pain how long wait before sched dr appt?

Now: Although I am bit confused by the location, I suspect an infected lymph node or blocked salivary duct. Both require a dr visit. ...Read more

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On and off daily knee pain. CBC was normal. No swelling, no heat, no lump just pain. Advil does not help. I'm not overweight. Bone cancer?

On and off daily knee pain. CBC was normal. No swelling, no heat, no lump just pain. Advil does not help. I'm not overweight. Bone cancer?

Likely not bone canc: Knee pain is a very common problem, it may happen related to overuse injuries, very often seen in athletes. Or it may be arthritic or inflammatory from other autoimmune problems. Knee pain can actually be referred hip pain, it may be bursitis or torn or sprained ligaments, or meniscal injuries. The role of your doctor is to find out which of these it is; very rarely it will be cancer; VERY RARE. ...Read more

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How can I speed up the recovering of wrist and/or finger injury? Does daily motrin or Advil (ibuprofen) help healing?

How can I speed up the recovering of wrist and/or finger injury? Does daily motrin or Advil (ibuprofen) help healing?

P.R.I.C.E.: Protect, rest, ice, compress, elevate. Ibuprofen (motrin, advil) can reduce inflammation, thus reduce swelling and improve healing. Make sure you give it time to heal, avoid activities that cause pain. Pain is a defense mechanism, don't ignore it. It you repeatedly injury or re-injure it the healing time will be prolonged. ...Read more

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Over the weekend, I did a lot of typing. Now the knuckle on my right index finger is swollen and tender to the touch. I have been taking advil (ibuprofen).?

Over the weekend, I did a lot of typing. Now the knuckle on my right index finger is swollen and tender to the touch. I have been taking advil (ibuprofen).?

Very unusual: To have one knuckle swollen when you type with all fingers sounds very unusual. The general rule is rest, ice, gentle non-constricting compression and elevation for 3-4 days. If symptoms get worse or don't resolve, you will need further evaluation. ...Read more

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I had my dislocated finger reduced 2 weeks ago. It is still swollen and bruised. Should I see a doctor or is this normal? I have been applying an ice and have been takin an Advil (ibuprofen) 600mg three times a day.

I had my dislocated finger reduced 2 weeks ago. It is still swollen and bruised. Should I see a doctor or is this normal? I have been applying an ice and have been takin an Advil (ibuprofen) 600mg three times a day.

Who: Who reduced your finger? Often patients do it themselves or a colleague pulls on it and it pops back. If it was done in an emergency room or a physician's office, they should have obtained x-rays, especially after the reduction to make sure the joint is fully aligned. A joint that is not properly aligned is called "subluxated".

Please refer also to the discussion about "jammed" fingers:
http://www. Avvo. Com/medical-advice/what-should-i-do-for-a-jammed-finger-665047.Html? Ref=answer_question_serp_title_1
a dislocation is just a higher grade sprain, but can tear other structures.

A good hand surgeon and check for associated injuries and make sure your finger is stable and regains mobility. ...Read more

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Ring finger & thumb of left hand numb / painful at night, laying down both hands painful & burning. Using 8 advil/aleve per day.

Ring finger & thumb of left hand numb / painful at night, laying down both hands painful & burning. Using 8 advil/aleve per day.

See a neurologist: The ring finger and thumb are supplied by different nerves. Pain and burning in more than one nerve could be a sign of neuropathy or radiculopathy. You should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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I stabbed myself in the hand and need 2 stitches. I havr sweling in my hand snd small finger. How long does this take to heal. Its been a week so far?

I stabbed myself in the hand and need 2 stitches. I havr sweling in my hand snd small finger. How long does this take to heal. Its been a week so far?

1-2 weeks: If there is worsening swelling, pain, redness, warmth/heat, recommend seeing your doctor asap or go back to the er for a wound check. Hand cellulitis (infection) is a concern and if not treated with antibiotics soon will lead to complications and may necessitate need for surgery and IV antibiotics. ...Read more

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Cut index finger pad on broken glass bowl today. Not deep enough to require stitches acc. To Dr, but still hurts. Best way to treat & speed healing?

Cut index finger pad on broken glass bowl today. Not deep enough to require stitches acc. To Dr, but still hurts. Best way to treat & speed healing?

Keep: Covered and application of a a small amount of antibacterial ointment (or use of "medicated" bandages will promote healing and avoid infection!


Hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...Read more

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Cut the pad off my little finger, can't be stitched. How long will it take to heal?

Cut the pad off my little finger, can't be stitched. How long will it take to heal?

Laceration: Barring no infection and quality local care six to eight weeks. ...Read more

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I cut my tibia tubercle & it opened up a bunch of fluid into my knee (6 stitches). m. what can I do to reduce the swelling quicker?

I cut my tibia tubercle & it opened up a bunch of fluid into my knee (6 stitches). m. what can I do to reduce the swelling quicker?

Cut in tibia tubercl: How long ago? How long is the wound? I think is about 6-8 cm. And the depth into the synovial of the joint.
Obviously required repair. Was this done in layers? 1-2, 3 layers, or just the skin. Was the repair done in the ER or in a walk in clinic? Are you on antibiotics? All this issues are very important. An injury of a joint with damage of the synovia must be treated with aggressively.
the swelling is a mark of inflammation, which can be from the injury or from infection. Do you have drainage from the wound? Is it clear or yellowish-greenish stained. Any way you should be examined by an orthopedic surgeon, who will have the opportunity to feel the joint, assess the mobility, and the cartilages, and start you on antibiotics or change them if required, and in the event of drainage take a specimen for culture and sensitivity.
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Cut my left index finger 11 dys ago. The cut was over the top, thru the nail bed and was pretty deep. Cut is closed, but now I have pain and swelling?

Cut pain swelling: Pain and swelling are signs of potential infection. See your doctor to have the wound cultured and evaluated because you may need to take an internal antibiotic. ...Read more

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I have finger swelling after a cut healed. The swelling is above where my cut was. Is this an infection? Or what is it

I have finger swelling after a cut healed. The swelling is above where my cut was. Is this an infection? Or what is it

Skin swelling: It may be just inflammation or the beginning of an infection. Can you provide us a picture or virtual consult with healthtap prime. ...Read more

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Deep cut right on the knuckle of finger, having numbness, swelling only right around cut & blue in color, could it be infected?

Deep cut right on the knuckle of finger, having numbness, swelling only right around cut & blue in color, could it be infected?

Possibly: If you are having prolonged pain or discoloration of your finger after a cut, you might be developing an infection. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


Finger Laceration (Definition)

Laceration = cut. Finger refers to the ...Read more