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I'm an ER doc and from what you have told me I think you should get him seen tonight
Finger and hand infections can spread very rapidly
And can be very dangerous
Would be very hard for me in this forum to tell you anything besides that
He needs someone who knows what they are doing to look at his finger
I do not think they will need to do labs
Just examine him
He will almost certainly need antibiotics
OK, so an ER or would an urgent care work?
An ER would DEFINITELY work
an urgent care might work
depending on whether he needs to have a small cut placed in the finger to allow pus to drain
oh no! i feel terrible for not acting sooner :( just thought it would heal on his own
don't feel bad
but do get him looked at tonight
could make the difference between letting him heal at home while taking antibiotics or getting admitted for IV antibiotics
do you have any final questions for me/
no, you've been a big help- thank you!
come back anytime, simply ask for 911doc. good luck.