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My grandson is complaining about his middle finger hurting.

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My grandson is complaining...

My grandson is complaining about his middle finger hurting. It is red at the tip and has some white color around the nail. He is in a lot of pain. He is 9 years old

Doctor's Assistant: How long have you had the symptoms? What seems to make the symptoms worse or better?

He said it started yesterday.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

Nothing I can think of. I am the babysitter this weekend while his parents are out of town

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Medical
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Doctor: Onlinedoc, Doctor replied 8 months ago
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Doctor: Onlinedoc, Doctor replied 8 months ago

Please provide some additional information.

Is he having swelling, redness on the affected finger?

Please upload a photo if possible.

Any pus discharge?

Have you given any medicines?

History of injury?

Any other medical illness?

Thanks.
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I will post back to the reply/answer momentarily. Thank you for your patience.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
it has some redness and seems to have something like pus around the nail.
Doctor: Onlinedoc, Doctor replied 8 months ago

Thanks for the follow-up.
I understand your concern.
As per your description, it seems Paronychia which is a soft tissue infection around a fingernail that begins as cellulitis.

I would advise you some self-care remedies which you can try.

Give him OTC Children's Advil and Tylenol as per his pain 4-6 hourly.

Also, give him Benadryl.

Soak his affected finger in warm water with an antiseptic solution for 15 minutes twice a day.

An application of OTC Hydrocort and Polysporin ointment twice a day can be helpful.

If his symptoms'll not show any improvement in next few days then see him to a doctor for a clinical exam and get a prescription for antibiotics.

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Doctor: Onlinedoc, Doctor replied 8 months ago

Respected customer,
Do you have any other follow up question?
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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
We are in the emergency room at MHP in Shelbyville, in. Thanks
Doctor: Onlinedoc, Doctor replied 8 months ago

Good wishes for his health.

Thanks.
Take care.

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