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What can you do with a finger that lost circulation to it and now is numb, cold, and purple?
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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Surgery - Vascular
4 doctors agree
In brief: Stop smoking / ASA
If you have a cold purple finger due to poor circulation you should seek medical attention.
In the meantime 1) stop smoking, 2) take an aspirin, 3) warm your hands. Once in a hospital setting you will get an arterial ultrasound, likely receive a blood thinner (heparin), and perhaps a vasodilator (medication to dilate arteries). You may get an angiogram to rule out a blockage vs. Raynauds.

In brief: Stop smoking / ASA
If you have a cold purple finger due to poor circulation you should seek medical attention.
In the meantime 1) stop smoking, 2) take an aspirin, 3) warm your hands. Once in a hospital setting you will get an arterial ultrasound, likely receive a blood thinner (heparin), and perhaps a vasodilator (medication to dilate arteries). You may get an angiogram to rule out a blockage vs. Raynauds.
Dr. Oliver Aalami
Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
If all of he conservative measures fail then a partial amputation of the necrotic finger may save function and alleviate the pain.

In brief: Depends
If all of he conservative measures fail then a partial amputation of the necrotic finger may save function and alleviate the pain.
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
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Dr. Alan Koslow
Surgery - Vascular
In brief: Local sympathectomy.
First stop smoking.
Then try a chemical local sympathetic block. If that helps then surgical sympathectomy either local on finger or cervical. Do not get a permanent chemical sympathectomy. All patients are miserable after permanent chemical sympathectomy.

In brief: Local sympathectomy.
First stop smoking.
Then try a chemical local sympathetic block. If that helps then surgical sympathectomy either local on finger or cervical. Do not get a permanent chemical sympathectomy. All patients are miserable after permanent chemical sympathectomy.
Dr. Alan Koslow
Dr. Alan Koslow
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