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2 months ago I cut my knuckle 3/4" wide really deep down to the knuckle on a can lid. I Used butterfly sutures & it closed nicely. About 2 weeks ago it started getting sore and now it's swelling. Could it be infected? I've had tetanus shot, no meds.
See Dr: Probably OK but might check for osteomyelitis. ...Read more
For surgeons, the term suture is used as verb or a noun. A surgeon will suture (stitch-up) an incision with sutures (stiches). For anatomist, a suture is a rigid joint between hard parts. For example, the top of the adult skull has wavy lines running down the middle, and on the sides. These are cranial sutures, and represent where the separate ...Read more
Is my finger infected or is this a joint/nerve injury? I sliced open my right index finger on left side around/up over my first joint. Dr at the ER was unsure if I had caused nerve damage but gave me 4 sutures. This was 3 days ago and my entire finger I
There are a number of structures that can be cut in this area, including the skin, extensor tendon, lateral bands, saggital bands, lumbrical tendon, interosseous tendon, flexor tendon, and collateral ligaments, as well as the digital nerves. A hand surgeon can evaluate each of these structures to determine if there is a functional injury. Nerve lacerations are often best repaired soon after an injury--usually within 1-2 weeks. They can be repaired later, but then are more likely to require something to bridge the gap, such as a synthetic nerve tube. Tendon lacerations are also best repaired quickly.
While infections can occur, usually you would have increasing pain, redness, and drainage. ...Read more
Circumcision done 11 days ago. Area infected. Dr gave me Mupirocin 2% and Amx-Clv875. Surtures dissolved but small wound still open. What can I do?
The Hose Knows: Same as anything that might get infected: swelling, redness, pain (constant or throbbing), discharge (clear or soupy), bad odor and, in this case, a complete absence of desire to use the member for anything other than as a conduit for urine. It's easily treated with good hygiene and an antibiotic if serious enough. So, let's get that wizzer back into action. Go see the surgeon who did it ASAP. ...Read more
Obstruction: Appendicitis is caused by obstruction of the appendiceal lumen. Obstruction is believed to cause an increase in pressure within the lumen. Such an increase is related to continuous secretion of fluids and mucus from the mucosa and stagnation of this material. At the same time, intestinal bacteria within the appendix multiply ...Read more
Basic care: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation (red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more
Infected piercing: Check for signs of infection to include: ^'ed redness, warmth, swelling. ^'ed tenderness, pus, red streaking, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Recommend keeping the piercing in place unless directed by your doctor (if removed – the drainage tract will close up with increased chance for abscess formation). Apply antibiotic to the piercing site twice a day. All your physician for medical evaluation. ...Read more