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I am experiencing finger numbness in my right pointer finger for two days now. It happened after an art project with using an Xacto knife to cut.?

I am experiencing finger numbness in my right pointer finger for two days now. It happened after an art project with using an Xacto knife to cut.?

It should resolve: Hello Lauren. Assuming you didn't actually cut the finger with an Xacto knife? The numbness is likely from compression of the digital nerves that exist at your fingertip. This likely started from the constant pressure on that fingertip making them "fall asleep". The nerve should wake up on its own. It may even 7-10days. Avoid putting pressure on that finger directly until it does. ...Read more

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My husband cut his right index finger on a meat saw two weeks ago. Is complaint about numbness and the healing process.

My husband cut his right index finger on a meat saw two weeks ago. Is complaint about numbness and the healing process.

Merits an expert.: A laceration of a finger can involve some pretty important structures which control ones function (nerves, tendons, blood vessels, bone, cartilage). And healing can be affected by infection. Therefore, it would be wise to make an appointment with a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Deep cut right on the knuckle of finger, having numbness, swelling only right around cut & blue in color, could it be infected?

Deep cut right on the knuckle of finger, having numbness, swelling only right around cut & blue in color, could it be infected?

Possibly: If you are having prolonged pain or discoloration of your finger after a cut, you might be developing an infection. See your doctor. ...Read more

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No trauma, cuts, or anything my finger swelled up with numbness to the tip but serious pain to Palm, I just had four cellulitis spots in 3 weeks is it?

No trauma, cuts, or anything my finger swelled up with numbness to the tip but serious pain to Palm, I just had four cellulitis spots in 3 weeks is it?

Something serious: Might be going on. Get to an ortho surgeon or infection specialist asap, because an otherwise healthy person should not be getting these infections so often. ...Read more

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A couple of days ago I had a deep cut on my left hand which the nurses stitched up. I feel numbness in my palm, fingers and I'm very worried.

A couple of days ago I had a deep cut on my left hand which the nurses stitched up. I feel numbness in my palm, fingers and I'm very worried.

See Hand Doc: Since the palm is a functional surface, numbness is an important symptom. If can indicate nerve damage, and certain nerves need repair by a hand specialist. Usually can be dealt with within the days following the original injury. Call the original treating provider to discuss. ...Read more

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Last week I got a cut on my fourth finger on right hand. It started to bleed underneath nail. Today I feel numbness and tingling on skin below nail. What is cause?

Last week I got a cut on my fourth finger on right hand. It started to bleed underneath nail. Today I feel numbness and tingling on skin below nail. What is cause?

Subungual hematoma: Blood clot under the nail may expand by incorporating fluid from the surrounding tissue. You symptoms should subside in a few days. If you still have symptoms at two weeks after the incident, see a doctor.
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Why is my finger numb after a cut?

Why is my finger numb after a cut?

Temp. Nerve injury: Injuries to digital nerves often heal slowly over weeks to months. ...Read more

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Little less than a week ago, I cut my finger with a kitchen knife. Not too deep of a cut. It's been feeling numb and hurts when I touch it. Bad?

Little less than a week ago, I cut my finger with a kitchen knife. Not too deep of a cut. It's been feeling numb and hurts when I touch it. Bad?

Maybe not: Due to the high concentration of sensory nerves in the thumb, there may be significant numbness/tingling/itching and, of course, pain with healing. Signs of infection include redness/swelling that is expanding and/or drainage of pus from the wound. Pain in the hand toward the wrist or fever may also signify infection. Expect improvement over next few days ...Read more

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Hello.2 weeks ago I cut my finger with a knife. It was a shallow wound. Now its ok, but I feel numb the area by the cut. Am I gonna feel soon.

Hello.2 weeks ago I cut my finger with a knife. It was a shallow wound. Now its ok, but I feel numb the area by the cut. Am I gonna feel soon.

Nerve recovery: We are covered with a lacy network of nerves that give us sensation in addition to the big nerves that come from deep down and spread out onto the skin like a tree. When the skin is cut, that surface network of nerves is interrupted giving you some numbness. You can probably expect complete recovery, but it will take time. Some incisions never regain full sensation, though... ...Read more

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What could a tingling sensation on the tip of my middle left finger mean? It’s not numb, it just feels tingly. There seems to be a tiny cut on it too.

What could a tingling sensation on the tip of my middle left finger mean? It’s not numb, it just feels tingly. There seems to be a tiny cut on it too.

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you. You may watch and wait. If the symptom spreads to other fingers, or lasts more than two weeks, see a doctor. You may take multiple vitamin supplement available over the counter. If you are overweight, lose weight.
Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
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I cut my finger cooking dinner and im concerned about what to do. How do I know if I need stiches or not its still kinda bleeding and it is numb?

I cut my finger cooking dinner and im concerned about what to do. How do I know if I need stiches or not its still kinda bleeding and it is numb?

Cuts: Usually so better repaired. If the cut is deeper than the overlying skin, consider sutures, skin glue or steri strips. Remember to up date your tetanus. Local numbness is OK, if it involves the entire finger, you may have nerve damage. All the best. ...Read more

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I cut my finger 3 weeks an now its healed a bit but its still numb an got lumps around it they are hard an when I bump them they get even harder.

I cut my finger 3 weeks an now its healed a bit but its still numb an got lumps around it they are hard an when I bump them they get even harder.

Likely normal: If your cut was deep enough, you may have cut some of the superficial sensory nerves, which is causing the numbness. This should grow back in time, up to a month or more. The lumps are probably scar tissue that will shrink and soften over time, too, up to 6 months or a year. If you have redness, warmth, drainage, or increasing pain, get seen to make sure there is no infection. ...Read more

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I cut my middle finger with a can and part of it went numb and tingly. I got stitches and until now it's still numb. Will my finger stay like this?

I cut my middle finger with a can and part of it went numb and tingly. I got stitches and until now it's still numb. Will my finger stay like this?

Nerves usually heal: This is often the case with a cut deep enough to damage nerves associated with touch. Much of the time it takes months for the sensation to return but it does entirely depend on the nature of the cut. There is little you can do except treat it kindly and perhaps consider your vitamin d level being sufficient. There is some evidence that vitamin d can help the nervous system. ...Read more

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I cut my index finger open at work on some steel. Just below the tip going across. Had 4 stitches. 2nd july. Finger all numb still from tip to base.

I cut my index finger open at work on some steel. Just below the tip going across. Had 4 stitches. 2nd july. Finger all numb still from tip to base.

Takes time: I'm not sure why, if your only injury was at the tip of the finger you would be numb at the base of the finger. The tip of the finger is so sensitive that you may just be interpreting loss of sensation at the tip as including the entire finger. Also swelling will cause numbness. The good news is that almost all nerve injuries in a finger regenerate but it can take a year or more. ...Read more

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The tip of my right index has been numb for a few hours. I got a cut below my nail on the same finger a few days ago and I picked at it yesterday. Why is my finger numb?

The tip of my right index has been numb for a few hours. I got a cut below my nail on the same finger a few days ago and I picked at it yesterday. Why is my finger numb?

Finger injury: The cut may have injured some of the nerves that provide sensations to the tip of the finger. Some of the sensations may recover over time ...Read more

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Can the media nerve be repaired after my doc obviously cut it. Steroids were tried but have not worked 3 fingers still numb. Very scared.

Can the media nerve be repaired after my doc obviously cut it. Steroids were tried but have not worked 3 fingers still numb. Very scared.

Depends.: If you think your median nerve has been damaged, the question remains as to whether it has actually been cut. I would see an experienced neurologist who specializes in EMG studies, then possibly a peripheral nerve surgery expert (there are a few neurosurgeons who subspecialize in peripheral nerve surgery). ...Read more

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My mum was cleaning a metal unit and she cut her finger her index finger at the side of the nail she said the cut is numb and the cut is black?

My mum was cleaning a metal unit and she cut her finger her index finger at the side of the nail she said the cut is numb and the cut is black?

Go see a doctor: If it's numb, she may have cut a small nerve in the skin. That may or may not improve after it heals. The worrisome part is that it is black. Go have someone look at it. Maybe the black color is blood under the nail? But it might be infection requiring drainage or antibiotics. It's always good to update the tetanus shot if it's close to being due. They'll ask about that when you go in. Good luck! ...Read more

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When im cold the blood seems to cut off in my fingers and toes and it goes stiff and slightly numb. What is it and how can I prevent it/stop it comple?

When im cold the blood seems to cut off in my fingers and toes and it goes stiff and slightly numb. What is it and how can I prevent it/stop it comple?

Keep feet warm: You may be experiencing a spasam of your blood vessels. Avoidance of cold exposure is helpful. Seek a consultation with a rumatologist. ...Read more

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Last night I was helping my boyfriend shave using a straight razor and I cut the tip of my index finger not deep at all 2day whole side of finger numb?

Last night I was helping my boyfriend shave using a straight razor and I cut the tip of my index finger not deep at all 2day whole side of finger numb?

Unless red.....: Unless red, give it time. I doubt a razor could injure any significant nerves, as you described (not deep). Plus, nerves grow back at that area ~1 cm per month. The area will be normal in 3 months. ...Read more

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I had a deep cut on my left index finger. Stitches were done. It is still painful, can't bend, swollen & numb on the side of the fingers after 1 mo.

I had a deep cut on my left index finger. Stitches were done. It is still painful, can't bend, swollen & numb on the side of the fingers after 1 mo.

Deep cut on L index: How did you get the cut? Was a clean or with a dirty instrument? You mention it took place > 1 month ago
Did you had, a tetanus vaccination? Is up to the bone medial or lateral? Did you take antibiotics.
Is the area red, ans swollen?
Numbness is the result sensory nerve injury, transection, or affected by infection. See the Dr, who did the suturing, nerve conduction may be required.
Sutures rem ...Read more

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Recently cut my hand and now left side of index finger is completely numb. It's been under a week. Will feeling ever come back? (really scared)

Possibly, slowly: It sounds like you cut your finger deep enough to nick a superficial (near skin surface) nerve fiber that control sensation. That would mean cut is specifically on left side of index finger and that the numbness travels distal to that point (toward it of finger). These peripheral nerves can regrow slowly (1mm/mo). Any hand injury could be serious. Would have it checked within 48 hours. ...Read more

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I got a small but somewhat deep cut on the webbing between my thumb and pointer finger and my hand is kinda numb and I can't move my fingers very well?

I got a small but somewhat deep cut on the webbing between my thumb and pointer finger and my hand is kinda numb and I can't move my fingers very well?

Damaged hand: You seem to have damaged the nerves and tendons in your hand. I would see a hand orthopedist ASAP. He may have to do some tendon transplants depending upon the extent of the damage that you have sustained. You can check out HSS in NYC or Columbia. ...Read more

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I was cutting rubber matting and pulling hard with my hand and arm now my right index finger and thumb have been numb for 2 days I did not cut them?

I was cutting rubber matting and pulling hard with my hand and arm now my right index finger and thumb have been numb for 2 days I did not cut them?

Nerve: There may be a nerve that you pulled or stretched. This type of injury generally recovers as the nerve recovers. You should regain the sensation in your hand. It is important not to re injure the same area. See you doctor for an exam and recommendations for healing. ...Read more

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I cut my finger last night with a knife. My finger is numb tingly and when I put my hand below my heart it feels like my finger is getting shocked?

I cut my finger last night with a knife. My finger is numb tingly and when I put my hand below my heart it feels like my finger is getting shocked?

Nerve laceration: Or partial injury can make an area feel numb and change when there is more swelling. A bruise may also be more symptomatic to a nerve woth increaed blood and swelling. Gravity helps put more blood in exacerbating swelling, that's why it feel better to elevate, so do so! And follow up for an evaluation wrt the laceration, including assesment of sensataion and motion ...Read more

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ER Dr said a tendon was cut from wrist laceration. I can wiggle all fingers but two are numb with limited ability to move. Well I need surgery?

Possibly.: You should see a hand specialist to be fully evaluated. Depending on your movement problems and location of the lacerations they may be able to reattach some of the tendons to improve your movement. The numbness suggests nerve damage from swelling or possible cutting from the same injury, there is unlikely much that can be done about this beyond getting the wound cleaned out and infection free. ...Read more