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My right thumb has been throbbing for 2 days. Its as if I

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My right thumb has been throbbing for 2 days. It's as if I smashed it in a door, but I didn't. There is some swelling, cold water soothes. There is a small black line on the nail extending down from the top of the nail bed about half way. What could this be?

mysticdoc :

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mysticdoc :

Hi there,


I am Mysticdoc, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.


I am here to help you with your concerns.




mysticdoc :

Do you notice any redness and warmth around the thumb?

Customer:

Yes, both red and warm.

mysticdoc :

Ok this is an infection.

mysticdoc :

You got a bacterial infection of the thumb known as cellulitis.

mysticdoc :

You should see your doctor today for an antibiotic course.

mysticdoc :

Besides antibiotic, naproxen or ibuprofen can be used for pain control.

Customer:

Thanks.

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