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What are the tests for hand infections?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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In brief: Exam by physician.

If your hand is infected, it will be obvious--generally--to the doc.
Redness, swelling, pain/tenderness to touch, heat, pus, are all signs of infection. If it deep --down to the bone, a bone scan or other special imaging may be needed. Whatever, the most should doofus on own before seeing doc or er is clean with warm soapy water, and cover with gauze. Do not try to squeeze pus out of it.

In brief: Exam by physician.

If your hand is infected, it will be obvious--generally--to the doc.
Redness, swelling, pain/tenderness to touch, heat, pus, are all signs of infection. If it deep --down to the bone, a bone scan or other special imaging may be needed. Whatever, the most should doofus on own before seeing doc or er is clean with warm soapy water, and cover with gauze. Do not try to squeeze pus out of it.
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