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How can I tell if the stitches in my finger are getting infected?

How can I tell if the stitches in my finger are getting infected?

Redness and swelling: Generally speaking, a wound is infected if it looks "angry". Redness that is persistent and worsening. Swelling that is worsening and very tender to touch. If the infection remains untreated the wound may open or loosen and pus may be expressed from the wound. ...Read more

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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

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

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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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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?

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

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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

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Can you tell me how to know if my stitches are infected?

Can you tell me how to know if my stitches are infected?

Infection: Signs of infection can include: increased swelling, redness, tenderness, ^ pain, warmth, red streaks, purulent drainage, swollen lymph nodes or fever. If you believe that you have a wound infection please seek medical attention. Take care. ...Read more

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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?

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

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How can I tell if my stitches are infected?

See below: Heat, redness, swelling , pain and drainage are signs of infection. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my fiancee' got stitches in his finger today..Is he able to get them wet?

Should i be concerned if my fiancee' got stitches in his finger today..Is he able to get them wet?

Additional concerns: If he sustained a big and dirty wound and had just being stitched, he may need additional support including systemic antibiotics and tetanus shot. It is advised that he should not get wet where she had stitched and should use rubber globes. ...Read more