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My fiance is working at a job far from home where he has to

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My fiance is working at a job far from home where he has to wear several layers of rubber gloves everyday in very hot conditions. He tells me that when he takes his gloves off at the end of the day, that water literally pours out of his gloves from the sweat that builds up inside the glove.
Today on the phone he told me he has some sort of infection on his finger near his cuticle, he does't know how he got it but he says there is pus that he can squeeze out of a little opening and it is hot and red. I told him to clean it really well with peroxide and put neosporin ointment on it before he goes to bed for the night. He said that he can do that but he doesn't even know how the peroxide or neosporin will get inside the infected area because except for a little hole he can squeeze pus from, the area is not open to the surface.
My concern is - he is not going to stop working to get this looked at. I have a bottle of clindamycin, and a bottle of amoxicillin. Would either of these be helpful for this kind of infection?
Dr. D.J. :

The views expressed by me are for educational purposes only and do not establish a doctor patient relationship.

Dr. D.J. :

Hi there,


This is Dr. D.J., experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.


I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.

Dr. D.J. :

Your fiance likely has a nail bed infection also known as paronychia.

Dr. D.J. :

The infection is usually caused by the skin bacteria.

Customer:

ok

Dr. D.J. :

Neosporin will not be helpful to treat this infection.

Customer:

what does he need? will it go away on its own?

Dr. D.J. :

Clindamycin is a better antibiotic.

Dr. D.J. :

This also treats MRSA in case it is the causing agent.

Dr. D.J. :

The dose of clinda should be 150 mg 4 times daily for 5 to 7 days.

Dr. D.J. :

This can be tried before he can see his doctor.

Customer:

you know i thought i had clinda, but i can't find it...all i'm finding is the amoxicillin

Dr. D.J. :

In that case, amoxicillin also should be ok.

Customer:

how much?

Dr. D.J. :

The dose should be 500 mg 3 times daily for 7 days.

Dr. D.J. :

see above

Customer:

will that help?

Dr. D.J. :

yes it should.

Customer:

thanks so much...gotta run.

Dr. D.J. :

very welcome

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