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treatment of infected thumb with purulent drainage

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treatment of infected thumb with purulent drainage
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 5 years ago.

Is the infection along the nailbed?
How long has it been present?

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.

yes in nailbed apparently cut too the quick overnite swelling with the drainage


Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 5 years ago.
Thank you for clarifying,

If the infection is along the nailbed with redness, warmth, pain, swelling and drainage, he likely has a paronychia. Because it started overnight/quickly, it is probably bacterial.

The treatment for a paronychia is to drain the abscess and prescribe antibiotics if the infection is severe. If he is able to see a doctor today, that would be ideal.

He can also soak the finger in warm water for twenty minutes, three times per day. He should apply a triple antibiotic ointment after each soak. Ibuprofen or acetominophen for pain and have him try to keep the finger elevated as much as possible.
Again, he should see his doctor for treatment, especially if the soaks do not improve the symptoms or if there is any worsening after 24 hours.

Feel free to ask any follow up questions,

Dr Abby

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