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How Can I Tell If The Stitches In My Finger Are Getting Infected
I cut my finger on saturday and got stitches and a bandage. How would I know if it is infected or not? I was suppose to get antibio but I cant afford
Laceration: Your doctor must have felt that this laceration was at high risk of infection. That is why antibiotics were given in a the first place. Signs of infection include redness, increased warmth, purulent drainage, swelling, increased pain. The wisest thing to do is get the antibiotics as prescribed. You maybe less likely to be able to afford the complications of a bad infection! ...Read more
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
30 stitches to index finger and thumb 7days ago index finger infected. Can I clean with iodated sea salt? What is the worst that can happen?
Follow up.: Please follow up with your medical provider for proper care and treatment of an infected wound. Using sea salt may or may not do any harm (could cause more irritation and inflammation of the tissues depending on how much is used), but it probably won't do anything to fight the infection. ...Read more
I cut the very tip of my little finger off while using dull scissors. Do I need to get stitches in my finger by a certain time?
12 hours best: If stitches are needed they are best within 12 hours to minimize infection. Clean it with antiseptic and keep it covered in the meantime. ...Read more
How long after a cut can you get stitches done? Do I need tetanus injection? Ripped finger open on a thorn on Saturday morning
Doctor's call: Depending on what the wound looks like and where it is (as well has how long it's been 'untreated') will determine whether the doc decides to stitch it closed. If it's a thorn injury, I probably would not stitch it, although obviously it needs to be seen first. If you are more than 10 years over due for tetanus, you should be boosted (re-immunized). If it was really a dirty wound, I would say 5 yr ...Read more
I just cut my finger at work as at 11:30 pm ET. It is now3:34 Am ET I wanted to know how I know whether to get stitches or not?
Go to urgent care/ER: It's best to have a medical evaluation in urgent care or ER. The depth of the cut would be an important predictor of the need for stitches. Http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000043.htm, http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/patientinstructions/000498.htm ...Read more
Should I be concerned if my fiancee' got stitches in his finger today. Is he able to get them wet?
Extremely unlikely: Malaria has a complex life cycle: the parasite goes through one evolution in the mosquito which then injects the next form into you while biting. This form is quickly taken up by the liver for another evolution to turn into the form which infects your red blood cells. Another form becomes ready for the next mosquito. It is almost impossible to be directly infected by a small blood exposure. ...Read more
IF YOU HAVE AN INFECTED FINGERNAIL, YOU SHOULD SEE YOUR PCP OR A DERMATOLOGIST SOONEST!
NO "SHOP" PRODUCTS WILL DO THE JOB.
UNTIL YOU CAN SEE A REAL DOCTOR, SOAK THE FINGER IN FAIRLY HOT WATER FOR ABOUT 15-20 MINUTES EVERY 3 or 4 HOURS.
BEST LUCK ...Read more
A friend had some finger cut (he bit it) which bled. He wiped his blood with some toilet paper. I took something near it. Will I get infected from it?
Unlikely infection: Not unless the blood came into contact with an open wound on yor hand or other body part ...Read more
Please Clarify: How does having stitches in your finger have anything to do with whether you are sexual or not? ...Read more
I got six stitches on my ring finger tip and two on middle finger tip. Can I get it wet? Should I use neosporin? Should I keep it covered?
Neosporin: + keep it dry and open to air unless you work with your hands, then keep it covered. ...Read more
I had stitches on my knuckle on my finger, it's healed now but hurts to bend they finger. Is that from keeping it straight? How do I get it to go away
Finger stiffness: If the laceration involved the proximal interphalangeal joint (middle knuckle in the finger) it is not uncommon for the scar to heal somewhat sick and give the appearance of the finger being bent. If you look at the palm side of the finger and it is straight I would massage the scar and work on motion at the digit. If the finger is truly bent and it is not in fact an illusion you may have a deep tendon injury that could require further treatment. ...Read more
I got six stitches in my pinky finger on sunday morning from slicing my finger open while doing dishes. Will it leave a scar? When can I get them out?
First, without seeing the wound or the stitches it is definitely impossible to tell you if you will scar. I would believe you may very well have a faint scar.
Most stitches are removed from day five to ten. ...Read more
I received 8 stitches on the inside of my index finger into my palm. How do I properly care for them until they get taken out? Do I keep it wrapped?
Husband had deep cut middle finger knuckle and didn't get stitches. Now it has a sensitive bump that feels hard to touch where the cut was. Now what?
Hand surgeon: A hand surgeon is best qualified to evaluate, advise and, if needed, to treat this problem. This may simply be scar tissue formation, but since it's tender and over a joint, it's just as well that he has it checked. ...Read more
Had cut on my thumb & 6hrs later I fingered a sex worker. Her fluid come in contact with the cut (10 SEC) I felt burning effect. Will I get infected.
It is possible:
You had a high risk encounter with a Sex Woker you mean a prostitute and had an open wound come in contact with body fluids. Threre is risk of contacting Hepatits B and HIV as you don't know her status
Have you had Hep B Vaccine
Consult your doctor for prophylaxis therapy if you need it ...Read more
Warm soaks: Use warm water, epsom salts, soak 15 min., dry and file with soft emery board. ...Read more
Cut finger on dirty fork in dishwasher yesterday, very slightly red today, no pain really, don't want it to get infected, can I use mupirocin cream?
Low risk: The chance of infection from this sort of cut is low, especially is the fork did not penetrate deeply. If there was any detergent in the water, the risk is even lower. Even a trace amount of common dishwashing detergent would kill most infection-causing bacteria. I don't think you need mupirocin; just keep the wound clean. ...Read more
Not usually: Typically the smaller blood vessels are affected and so most cases of amputation for frostbite involve only the tips of the fingers or first knuckle. Severe frost bite could theoretically cause someone to lose their hand but usually if hypothermia is that bad you would not survive. ...Read more
If you put your finger on someone's pocket that has genital herpes and then touch your face will you get infected?
Hi. I'm doing a school project on a salivary implant and I was wondering if it would get infected after you stitch up the surgical skin flap.
Surgery in the mouth: With any surgery, there is a risk of complications including infection. The mouth, as you're probably aware, is not a sterile environment and depending on various factors the chance for a post-op infection could increase. Surgeries which involve a 'foreign device' are at greater risk of infection than other types of surgery because something is 'left behind' which could serve as a focus for germs. ...Read more
Super sore index finger and nail. Can barely use finger without pain. Could it be infected? I did get raw meat under nail while cooking 3 days ago
Sliced finger open with scissors. Washed it with soap & water & sprayed some dettol antiseptic wash & covered with plaster. Can it still get infected?
My girlfriend has a uti we had sex yesterday. There was foreplay. I had some vaginal fluid on my fingers while putting condom on. Can I get infected?
UTI: I would not think you would become infected at this time ...Read more
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