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Dr. Jeffrey Wint Dr. Wint
Surgery - Hand Surgery
31 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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How can I treat my burned finger?

How can I treat my burned finger?

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.

Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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How can you treat a finger burn?

How can you treat a finger burn?

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.

Dr. Luis Villaplana Dr. Villaplana
Internal Medicine
31 years in practice
Ponce School of Medicine
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How do I treat the burning sensation on my fingers?

How do I treat the burning sensation on my fingers?

FIND THE CAUSE FIRST: The cause will then trigger the most appropriate treatment.

Dr. David Sire Dr. Sire
Dermatology
50 years in practice
UC Irvine School of Medicine
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How to treat finger burns that are possibly third degree?

How to treat finger burns that are possibly third degree?

Professional help: This is not a condition that you should treat at home. Deep second and third degree burns can be a serious problem which can heal with scarring. Seek help from you dermatilogist.

Dr. Barry Press Dr. Press
Surgery - Plastics
40 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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How do I treat burns to my finger?

Depends...: On how large and deep the burn is. In general, a burn that heals in less than three weeks does not need surgery. Initial treatment is to wash with soap and water 1-2 times a day, apply an antibiotic ointment (bacitracin) and a bandaid. Elevate the injured hand above your heart to prevent throbbing and keep moving the injured finger to prevent stiffness--it should gradually heal.

Dr. Howard Greller Dr. Greller
Emergency Medicine
19 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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How should a burn on the tip of a finger from freon be treated?

Rapid re-warming: If this is a thermal (freezing) injury, then the finger should be re-warmed. Submersion in warm (not hot) water can be done, for 15-30 minutes. The wound should be dressed with gauze and with antibiotic ointment and an anti-inflammatory like Ibuprofen given. Freon is concerning because inhalation or ingestion can lead to abnormal heart rhythms. So getting away from exposure is key.

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Dr. Arthur Balin Dr. Balin
Dermatology
43 years in practice
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
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I have finger itching, swelling and burning how can I treat it?

I have finger itching, swelling and burning how can I treat it?

Finger rash: It is important to make a diagnosis before deciding on treatment. You could have a contact dermatitis or an infection or a burn or something else entirely. See your doctor for evaluation and therapy. In the meantime cold compresses may provide relief while you go to see your doctor.

Dr. Mary Esther Carlin Dr. Carlin
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
47 years in practice
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
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Burned my finger after making noodles for dinner. What do I do to treat the burn?

Burned my finger after making noodles for dinner. What do I do to treat the burn?

Watch for infection: It is important to clean the burn, keep it covered and watch for infection. Can use a topical antibiotic. If swollen, painful or deep, you need to seek further medical care. Also important to stay hydrated and to keep the arm at heart level or above most of the time.

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Dr. Cheryl Levin Dr. Levin
Dermatology
12 years in practice
Stanford University School of Medicine
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What happens if you burn your finger in boiling water and how do you have to treat it?

What happens if you burn your finger in boiling water and how do you have to treat it?

Depends on Severity: A first degree burn (without blistering) can be treated with cool compresses, aloe vera, vitamin c, e, and sometimes steroid creams. Second degree burns (with blistering) may require antibiotics, and you should visit your physician. If you have a severe third degree burn (takes the skin off) you should not apply cold water or ice. Get to an emergency room!

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Dr. Christopher Marek Dr. Marek
Surgery - Plastics
19 years in practice
University of Virginia School of Medicine
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Have a burn on tip of finger, slight blister, how do I treat it?

Have a burn on tip of finger, slight blister, how do I treat it?

Burn: Small superficial burns can be treated by keeping them clean and applying triple antibiotic ointment until the blister or raw area heals over. If the area doesn't seem to be improving after a few days have it checked to make sure the burn isn't deeper than you think. Good luck.

Dr. Tonya Fordham Dr. Fordham
Family Medicine
18 years in practice
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. Sarosh Batlivala Dr. Batlivala
Pediatrics - Cardiology
12 years in practice
Florida International University College of Medicine
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Baby accidentally burn by hot hair straightener, he developed small water filled boil on fingers, n now those boil rupture how to treat them?

Baby accidentally burn by hot hair straightener, he developed small water filled boil on fingers, n now those boil rupture how to treat them?

Keep Clean: Keep the fingers clean to prevent infection. If painful, you may place a cool rag on them, but do not soak them too long as this may lead to skin breakdown and infection. Monitor them closely; any signs of worsening redness or drainage may indicate infection. If this happens--or anything else concerning--please have your child evaluated by their pediatrician.

Dr. Karen Butler Dr. Butler
Family Medicine
17 years in practice
Central University of the East School of Medicine (UCE)
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Feeling a burn pain in right front lower abdomen. Pain in finger joints when I wake up. How should I treat it?

Feeling a burn pain in right front lower abdomen. Pain in finger joints when I wake up. How should I treat it?

Few issues here: From what you describe sounds like a few separate issues. You are best to see your doctor and have one issue at a time evaluated and diagnosed

Dr. Arnold Malerman Dr. Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
49 years in practice
Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry (Temple University)
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Male 35. Feeling a burn pain in right front lower abdomen. Pain in finger joints when I wake up. Mouth ulcers happening every 2 or 3 weeks. How should I treat this?

Male 35. Feeling a burn pain in right front lower abdomen. Pain in finger joints when I wake up. Mouth ulcers happening every 2 or 3 weeks. How should I treat this?

Coincident: You may have two or three coincident but unrelated problems. Abdominal and joint pain needs to be evaluated by your General Physician as soon as possible. Mouth "ulcers" need to be seen by your General Dentist to determine nature of lesions and appropriate treatment. Report ALL symptoms to both practitioners.

Dr. Jeffrey Wint Dr. Wint
Surgery - Hand Surgery
31 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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Burning finger tips?

Burning finger tips?

Carpal tunnel often: Begins with wrist pain, tingling in the fingers that often begins at night with burning that is with or without activity. This progresses with increased frequency of symptoms.

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass Dr. Kass
Podiatry
24 years in practice
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Why do I have itchy burning fingers?

Why do I have itchy burning fingers?

Depends: It can be anything from a dermatological condition- do you see any skin peeling if so you can have dyshidrotic eczema or a fungus. Or you can have something like carpal tunnel syndrome. (for the latter see an orthopedist.).

Dr. Payam Rafat Dr. Rafat
Podiatry
18 years in practice
New York College of Podiatric Medicine
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Finger feels like its burning diabetes?

Finger feels like its burning diabetes?

Possible neuropathy: Neuropathy can happen as a result of trauma, or nerve damage due to the consumption of alcohol or certain medications. Symptoms can range from a numbness and tingling sensation, possibly a burning sensation, to an uncomfortable painful sensation of the extremities. Get evaluated by a professional to determine the exact cause in order to get the appropriate treatment.

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Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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What can you do if you burn your finger?

Ice: Quickly find an ice pack or a bag of something like frozen peas, and put it on the burned spot for 15 minutes. Do not cover it with butter or oil. The cold will take away the pain, keep the burn from spreading and maximize the healing. If you delay in this, you will have to live with the pain so do it as soon as possible.

Dr. Michael Miller Dr. Miller
Wound care
32 years in practice
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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What shall I apply on the burn on my finger?

What shall I apply on the burn on my finger?

Simple CAre: Burns are the response of the tissues to injury from heat. It is simply inflammation which means increase blood flow to the area to promote healing. Depth determines care. Do not use ice worsens already injured skin. Cool water soaks help as can taking anti-inflammation medicines like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen). Avoid any further damage as this can cause scarring. Good skin cream applied daily/gently helps.

Dr. Jeffrey Wint Dr. Wint
Surgery - Hand Surgery
31 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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I have burn on finger- 3rd degree, what to do?

3rd degree burn: Means full thickness skin injury with no sensation and dead skin. Most of this needs debbridement and skin grafting. A circular burn may need to be released, called an escharotomy to allow circulation. 3rd degree burns need expert care to avoid problems, tissue loss, infection, chronic scarring and contracture, see a specialist.