Finger Infection Treatment
Antibiotics and proper wound care are the mainstays of treatment for finger infections. A small paronychia may respond to frequent warm water soaks and over-the-counter antibiotic ointment. Infectious flexor tenosynovitis is a surgical emergency that will require prompt treatment.
How do you get pus out of a infected finger?
In most cases, pus will drain on its own after soaking the infection; however, if this does not work, apply some pressure to the affected area by gently rubbing or squeezing it with a damp cloth or cotton swab. If this does not work, see your doctor, who may use a small needle to open up the affected area and drain the pus.
What does a finger infection look like?
When a cut on the finger becomes infected, the following symptoms will appear: swelling, redness, and tenderness to the touch.
Will a finger infection heal on its own?
There is limited scope for home remedies as finger infections become more severe. A minor infection of the finger can be managed at home if the person does not have any underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, but other infections should be treated immediately to avoid disability or loss of the finger.
Can you lose a finger from infection?
Injury or infection to a finger or fingers is a common problem that can range from mild to potentially serious. These infections usually start out small and are relatively easy to treat, but if not treated properly, they can lead to permanent disability or loss of the finger.
When should I go to the doctor for a finger infection?
If you have trouble moving your fingers, your entire finger is swollen, or touching your finger hurts a lot, see your doctor as soon as possible.
What to do if your finger is swollen and hurts?
Care at Home
- Remove any rings to prevent swelling.
- Rest the finger joints to allow them to heal.
- Ice and elevate the finger.
- Use over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Motrin) or naprosyn (Aleve) to reduce both pain and swelling.
How long does a finger infection last?
In most cases, an acute paronychia heals within 5 to 10 days with no permanent damage to the nail; however, very severe cases may progress to osteomyelitis (a bone infection) of the finger or toe if not treated properly.
Does salt draw out infection?
Salt has long been used as a preservative because of its antibacterial properties. Salt kills bacteria by sucking water out of them in a process known as osmosis, in which water passes out of a bacterium to balance salt concentrations on each side of its cell membrane.
What is the best antibiotic for finger infection?
Warm water soaks of the affected finger 3-4 times per day until symptoms disappear are beneficial, as are oral antibiotics with gram-positive coverage against S aureus, such as augmentin, clindamycin (Cleocin), or cephalexin.
How do you drain an infected finger at home?
How do you get rid of a paronychia in your finger?
- Place the patient’s finger in a cup of ice water until they can no longer stand it to numb the finger.
- Clean the cuticle with the sterilizing solution.
- Stab under the skin parallel to the nail with your #11 blade.
- You will see pus come out immediately.
Can you get sepsis from infected finger?
Anyone can get sepsis from any infection, but some people are more vulnerable than others, such as those over 65 or those with weakened immune systems due to an organ transplant, chemotherapy, or corticosteroids.
What can I use to draw out infection?
An Epsom salt poultice is a common choice for treating abscesses in humans and animals. The moist heat from a poultice can help to draw out the infection and help the abscess shrink and drain naturally.