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How Can I Treat Finger Laceration
Cleanse: If simple, shallow, cleanse wound and cover with dry dressing. If gapped may use a steristrip to approximate. If deep or long, over a joint, any change in sensation, a bite laceration, dirty mechanism or any impraired range of motion see a surgeon. Be sure you are up to date on tetanus immunization. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ice and early motion: It is important to find out if the finger is sprained and not broken. The only way to know for sure is to get an x-ray. Once a fracture is ruled out, an early protected range of motion exercises can begin. Finger joints can get stuff quickly, so it is important to get them moving as soon as possible. Talk to a board certified orthopaedic surgeon and/or an occupational therapist for treatment. ...Read more
Ice, protect, eval.: Jammed thumbs can be a soft tissue injury, whereby the surrounding soft tissues are injured or sprained at the joint between the thumb bones (phalanges), or involve bony injury (fracture). A thorough evaluation by your healthcare provider will help elucidate whether an x-ray is indicated. Usually ice, compression and bracing to protect against further injury is indicated. Recovery is usually rapid. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The pinky blues: How to get rid of the "blues": ice 20 minutes on/20 minutes off during 1st week. After 1 week, heat or ice, whatever feels better. Arnica. Nsaids like Ibuprofen with food if your stomach's okay. Gentle stretching. If gets worse or not better in 2 weeks, see your doc. Hope your pinky's happy soon! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on break: Very much depends on the details. At its most basic all fractures need to have the pieces in the right place (so-called reduction, if they are out of place) and then held in place (so-called fixation) reduction can mean anything from leaving the fracture as is to closed manipulation to open surgery. As to fixation this can be anything from a splint to cast to plating, pins and screws. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Jammed finger: You need to make sure that there is no fracture nor any significant ligament or tendon injury. Check with your doctor to find out for sure. If diagnosis is correct, range of motion exercises are extremely important. Modalities to reduce swelling include ice, elevation, and nsaids. Heat helps warm up and loosen joint aiding in range of motion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Icing: For a small burn at home immediately put ice on the area (use a bag of frozen peas for instance) for a full 15 minutes which will reduce the pain and prevent the spread. You can also put the finger into a glass with ice water. If the burn is large or there is charring and loss of skin, use ice but go to an emergency room for further care. ...Read more
Wound Care: Stop bleeding by applying pressure. Rinse wound w clean water. Clean surrounding skin w soap & water on wash cloth. Remove debris w tweezers. If material remains in wound – seek medical care. Apply antibiotic ointment. Initially cover w bandage until some healing has occurred. Change bandage when soiled/ wet or at least daily. Need tetanus shot if you haven't had one in last 10 years, don't know ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If : Typically a second degree burn will blister, a first degree burn will be red and a third degree burn is a full thickness burn with leathery tissue. Many burns have a mixed presentation. A deep second degree burn or a third degree burn may need additional surgical debridement. All burns are prone to infection and infection can complicate or worsen the burn seek medical care. ...Read more
Swelling: Can be due to trauma infection inflammation gout arthritis etc the first thing is the term in the cars and then treatment becomes apparent ice is good in general as are nsaids trauma needs perhaps x-rays to rule out fracture. The extent of swelling and duration are important factors too. A hand surgeon can help ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Reduce joint: Reduced means to put the joint back into place, A dislocation needs the right post injury care. Small fractures that may seem unimportant to many physicians who are not trained to evaluate finger injuries can result in problems so see a hand surgeon. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Ice,splint&pain meds: Thumb injuries may be just a bruise or a broken bone, and in some cases there may be a cut or laceration if there is an open wound, it may need dressing or stitches or steristrip etc and teatanus shot if due if bruised or fracture bone than ice locally, splinting and pain meds will help it heal. ...Read more
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