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My right thumb joint is swollen and stiff to the point ...

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My right thumb joint is swollen and stiff to the point where I can hardly move it due to a constant aching and throbing pain. Sometimes when I move my thumb I get a sharp pain that makes it feel like its a deep wound. There is slight bruising at the soft tissue inbetween the thumb and first (pointer) finger I dont recall when or how I initialy injured it. It seemed to occur overnight and has persisted for over a couple of weeks now. Ibuprofen doesnt seem to help.
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  DR MED MD replied 9 years ago.
You are having cellulitis due to injury.

Cellulitis is a infection of tissue below skin due to bacteria.

You need antibiotics i.e Amoxicillin

You also need a Radiograph (X- ray) of thumb to rule out fracture.

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Customer: replied 9 years ago.

I have follow-up questions regarding Dr. Amit's answer:

How does the thumb get infected if there is no open wound. Could the burning sensation be due to the fracture. If the the thumb is fractured what is the best way to heal it.....Ace Bandage, cast, etc.

Expert:  DR MED MD replied 9 years ago.
Even if the is no open wound cellulitis can occur due to spread of infection from small abrasions.

Swelling can be due to fracture also.

Best way to heal non displaced fracture is to immobilize it either by cast or bandage. If fracture is severe you should go for cast.