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I cut my thumb and now it won't bend properly. What should I do?

I cut my thumb and now it won't bend properly. What should I do?

Wait: A cut thumb is not like original one. It will get better with time and physiotherapy of exercise of thumb. Nt over do it. Take it easy. ...Read more

Hand Laceration (Definition)

Hand lacerations can range from minor things like a paper cut to major injuries where tendons ...Read more


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I cut my thumb deep enough to indent it. I suspect I have severed a nerve. At 16 will I and how long will it take to regain feeling and fill out?

I cut my thumb deep enough to indent it. I suspect I have severed a nerve. At 16 will I and how long will it take to regain feeling and fill out?

Nerve injury: Is usually permanent. Surgical repair is not possible in a small nerve such as digital nerve. Deformity would probably improve, but it too can be permanent, depending on severity of it. ...Read more

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I cut my thumb with a broken glass and I think it was kinda deep now I can't bend it

I cut my thumb with a broken glass and I think it was kinda deep now I can't bend it

Poss. tendon injury: Hi, it sounds like you possibly cut your fpl, flexor pollicis longus tendon in your thumb. I would recommend that you visit the nearest hand surgeon in your area. ...Read more

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I cut my thumb and got 6 stitches 4 days ago and I am not able to bend my thumb at all. I can move it back and forth. Is this normal.

I cut my thumb and got 6 stitches 4 days ago and I am not able to bend my thumb at all. I can move it back and forth. Is this normal.

Thumb: Depends on where the laceration occured on the thumb. If you can't bend it then one would worry that you may lacerated the tendon. I would see the doctor that repaired your thumb or see an ortho doc. ...Read more

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I cut my thumb on Sunday and it seems to be healing up well but some clearish fluid came out of the wound when I bumped it this morning. Is that normal

I cut my thumb on Sunday and it seems to be healing up well but some clearish fluid came out of the wound when I bumped it this morning. Is that normal

Could be: If it is swollen and painful or your thumb is turning red you should see somebody. IF your thumb otherwise is ok you are probably fine. It should dry up and form a scab ...Read more

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Why is my blood orange after I cut my thumb?

Why is my blood orange after I cut my thumb?

Color of blood: Blood color is based on the hemoglobin in it. When hemoglobin is carrying oxygen, the molecule changes shape and this causes a change in the appearance/color. When the hemoglobin has little oxygen, the structure is different and so the color appears different. Based on the status of the hemoglobin, the lights in the room and the status of your eyes, the color looks orange. This is normal. ...Read more

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What to do if I cut my thumb open with safety scissors, do I need stitches?

What to do if I cut my thumb open with safety scissors, do I need stitches?

Laceration: If a cut doesn't stop bleeding within a 1/2 hr, or so, it may need stitches. A tetanus shot, too, if you haven't had one in 10yrs. ...Read more

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I cut my thumb with a knife opening a package how do I know if I need to see the doctor?

I cut my thumb with a knife opening a package how do I know if I need to see the doctor?

See a doctor: If it a paper cut like injury — probably don't have to see a doctor. However, if you have to ask, you probably should see a doctor. There are many nerves, tendons and ligaments that can get injured. A proper hand examination by an experience physician, can usually rule out any injury. ...Read more

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I cut my thumb 2 days ago with a knife and now its throbbing. The cut is only small. I only covered it with a bandaid for 1 day. Now what do l do?

I cut my thumb 2 days ago with a knife and now its throbbing. The cut is only small. I only covered it with a bandaid for 1 day. Now what do l do?

Red swollen thumb: Could mean infection. Finger and thumb infactions can progress rapidly so speak to your pcp or equivalent (ie get seen) about the possible need for antibiotics and a good exam to look for injury and or infection. ...Read more

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I cut my thumb it's a minor cutut and 2days after my whole hand got swollen?

Thumb injury: Minor cuts can lead to major problems and especially in the thumb which is of course of major significance to hand function. Given the history you give one would have to be suspicious of an infection and I would get in to see a doctor soon to make sure. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hi Doctor, About a week and a half ago I cut my thumb with a tiny piece of glass and I?

Hi Doctor,
About a week and a half ago I cut my thumb with a tiny piece of glass and I?

And what?: If it's red and swollen, see a doctor today. Hand infections can be very serious. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I cut my thumb open a couple weeks ago and had surgery to fix a tendon. How would I know if it ruptured?

I cut my thumb open a couple weeks ago and had surgery to fix a tendon. How would I know if it ruptured?

Function: Whichever movement was facilitated by the presence of that tendon would be lost and you would no longer have that movement. It would also be likely to be very painful. ...Read more

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I cut my thumb while cutting raw chicken. Could this lead to salmonella going into the bloodstream and effecting other organs?

I cut my thumb while cutting raw chicken. Could this lead to salmonella going into the bloodstream and effecting other organs?

I've never heard or: Encountered this in 35 years of clinical practice, but I suppose it is theoretically possible. Many rare events would have to coincide: the chicken was actually infected with salmonella; the infected part came in contact with your cut; there was enough of the bacteria transmitted to actually infect you. All of this is highly unlikely. Stay well:) ...Read more

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I cut my thumb at work yesterday on the side is a scrape but on the front where the hr back hand is, is a small red line? What is it??

I cut my thumb at work yesterday on the side is a scrape but on the front where the hr back hand is, is a small red line? What is it??

You may have: LYMPHANGITIS ...that is INFECTION which is spreading beyond the cut itself and NEEDS ANTIBIOTICS PRONTO!!! GO TO ER!! Tell them you have a WORK RELATED INJURY .they will act accordingly!
PS If you can ask yor EMPLOYER who INSURES them for Workers' Compensation injuries!

Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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I cut my thumb with a little knife but it was a little cut but I cut it on my veins I think, I can't see things clearly and hear, what's happened?

I cut my thumb with a little knife but it was a little cut but I cut it on my veins I think, I can't see things clearly and hear, what's happened?

Should be looked at: If a person cuts himself but has poor vision, he needs to get somebody else to look at it to see if the cut needs stitches. Usually, if the cut is doesn't go through the first layer of skin (about the thickness of a coin), it should heal up by itself. A little deeper than that means it may need to be stitched or glued back together. ...Read more

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I cut my thumb and now it's numb. I know I did some nerves damage and wanted to know if it will ever heal?

I cut my thumb and now it's numb. I know I did some nerves damage and wanted to know if it will ever heal?

Hard to know: If just bruising of the nerve, it will heal. If completely divided, it may or may not heal and you could develop a painful neuroma at the injury site. If you need nerve repair, it is best done within 3 weeks of the injury. See a hand surgeon! ...Read more

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I had a tetanus shot the day b4 thanksgiving because I cut my thumb open and had 9 stitches. Now I have pain in the arm and can't move it much.

I had a tetanus shot the day b4 thanksgiving because I cut my thumb open and had 9 stitches. Now I have pain in the arm and can't move it much.

Pain in the hand, : Going up the arm, with swelling and redness is sign of an infection from a cut in the finger and treatament should be sought immediately. Pain in the area of the tetanus shot can be from a local reaction but can also mean that the area is irritated too much. In either case or if both pain that limits motion in the arm after a laceration in the thumb is not normal and you need follow up care now. ...Read more

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I cut my thumb palm side at knuckle about a week ago and I cut a nerve, the wound is healing nicely but the left side is numb will the feeling comback?

I cut my thumb palm side at knuckle about a week ago and I cut a nerve, the wound is healing nicely but the left side is numb will the feeling comback?

Probably: After cutting a cutaneous nerve on a thumb or finger, sensation is usually disturbed for quite some time, even if the wound is healing well. In part, regeneration of nerve at finger/thumb can take months because of the distance from the spinal cord (can be as long as 1 inch per month which is 36 months if you're 6' tall. Regeneration can be much quicker too. All depends on nerve injury severity ...Read more

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What should I do if i just cut my thumb open?

What should I do if i just cut my thumb open?

Thumb injuries: The thumb is the most important finger and I would recommend to have it evaluated by a hand physician to prevent adverse sequela.
Best to you! ...Read more

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I just cut my thumb while opening a can. The cut is only about 1/2cm long, but it is fairly deep. It doesn't hurt very much. What should I do?

I just cut my thumb while opening a can. The cut is only about 1/2cm long, but it is fairly deep. It doesn't hurt very much. What should I do?

Pressure and tetanus: That's a small cut. Keep pressure on it and wash with soap and water. If you haven't had a tetanus shot in 10 years you should get one. ...Read more

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Hi. I recently cut my thumb and got 8 stitches. This happened the 22 Dec and the stitches were removed the 29 Dec. I’m concerned the cut isn’t healing?

You need to be seen: Whoever put in the stitches would be the best person to evaluate, but we can't do anything for you over the internet. Until you are seen you could gently put warm compresses over the wound for 5 minutes every couple of hours. Good luck ...Read more

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I just cut my thumb on a knife that came in the mail. I'm nervous about HIV as I do not know where the knife came from. It was a gift and was not wrapped should I be concerned of hiv?

I just cut my thumb on a knife that came in the mail. I'm nervous about HIV as I do not know where the knife came from. It was a gift and was not wrapped should I be concerned of hiv?

No risk, no worry: Of course there is little or no chance the knife had wounded an HIV infected person. But even if somehow that happened, HIV could not survive to infect you. Have safe sex and don't share drug injection equipment with other persons, and you'll never have to worry about HIV. Disregard any and all other worries about it. ...Read more