What happens when a doctor drains a swollen finger?

Need specifics. I assume it is drained because of an infection or abscess. If that is the case, it should speed the recovery. Your question needs to be more specific to generate a more accurate answer.

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Sore/swollen finger for about a wk. Doing warm soaks and covering with neosporin. Started draining from side of nail. When do I need to see a dr?

Yesterday. You are describing the makings of a serious cellulitis. Some times it is difficult to imagine just what grows near the nails and they can cause some serious infections. You are doing the right things but now you need to do the appropriate thing. See you doctor ASAP for antibiotic and evaluation. Read more...

I have a very red swollen finger and its yellow around the nail with throbbing pain, will I need to see a doctor or wull it fix its self?

See your doctor. Sounds like you have an infection with pus so you'll need to see your doctor for treatment. Good luck. Read more...
Infection. I agree with dr. Dowd and others that you should see your doctor. It sounds like you have an infection called paronychia - see http://www.Aafp.Org/afp/2001/0315/p1113.Html. Read more...
Paronychia. Hot salt water soaks for 10 minutes three time a day for a few days usually does the trick. If it doesn't, you should see a hand surgeon for an evaluation. May need to be drained. Antibiotics rarely needed. Chronic infections may be due to yeast, in which case topical medicine might be prescribed. Read more...

Swollen finger joints on both hands for 3 months? My doctor did an ANA test which came back negative. Now she says we shouldn't worry about it anymore

Swollen Joints. Hi Cory: Symmetrical (both hands) swollen joints for 3 months sounds suspicious for arthritis. An ANA test screens for connective tissue diseases (lupus) and a negative test does not exclude diseases like RA which have different antibody tests. Also, a complete medical history (like family history) and physical exam is necessary to determine the potential causes. See a rheumatologist. Read more...