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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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How long after a cut can you get stitches done? Do I need tetanus injection? Ripped finger open on a thorn on Saturday morning

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

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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?

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

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If you get malaria infected blood on your wounded finger can you become infected?

If you get malaria infected blood on your wounded finger can you become infected?

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

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What is the best thing to get from a shop for a infected finger nail?

What is the best thing to get from a shop for a infected finger nail?

INFECTED FINGERNAIL: 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

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After I get stitches on my finger is it safe to have sex?

After I get stitches on my finger is it safe to have sex?

Please Clarify: How does having stitches in your finger have anything to do with whether you are sexual or not? ...Read more

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I had trigger finger surgery last Wednesday is it okay to get stitches wet in the shower?

I had trigger finger surgery last Wednesday is it okay to get stitches wet in the shower?

Yes: I let my patients get the incision wet 48-72 hours after surgery. However, every surgeon is different and it's best if you ask your surgeon what his protocol is as many hand surgeons like to leave the wound covered for up to a week. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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?

Stiches: 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

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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?

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

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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.

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

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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?

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

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If infected or frostbite on fingers then you would have to get hand cut off! Is that true?

If infected or frostbite on fingers then you would have to get hand cut off! Is that true?

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

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If you put your finger on someone's pocket that has genital herpes and then touch your face will you get infected?

If you put your finger on someone's pocket that has genital herpes and then touch your face will you get infected?

No risk: Herpes is transmitted only by direct skin-to-skin contact. For genital herpes, only by intercourse, not hand-genital contact. And no STD can be transmitted through clothing. ...Read more

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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.

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

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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

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

Paronychia: It could be a infection of the cuticle area known as a paronychia. This is treated with oral and topical antibiotics. It can take a few weeks to resolve with treatment. Consult a physician for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Sliced finger open with scissors. Washed it with soap & water & sprayed some dettol antiseptic wash & covered with plaster. Can it still get infected?

Sliced finger open with scissors. Washed it with soap & water & sprayed some dettol antiseptic wash & covered with plaster. Can it still get infected?

Yes: It can still get infected from bacteria on the scissors or on your skin surface. You did all the right things so you have done everything you could to prevent infection. Keep your eye on the wound and if it becomes red, swollen, painful, hot see your md. ...Read more