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If you have any of the following symptoms, evaluate those symptoms first.

  • Bleeding: Go to the topic Cuts or Scrapes.
  • Puncture wound or injection of a foreign body under high pressure: Go to the topic Puncture Wounds.
  • A finger, hand, or wrist problem not related to an injury: Go to the topic Finger, Hand, and Wrist Problems, Noninjury.
  • Injury from cold exposure: Go to the topic Cold Temperature Exposure.
  • A burn to a finger, hand, or wrist: Go to the topic Burns.
  • A bite to a finger, hand, or wrist: Go to the topic Animal and Human Bites.
  • A fingernail problem or blood under a nail: Go to the topic Nail Problems and Injuries.

Is your finger, hand, or wrist twisted, bent out of shape, or out of its normal position?

Do you have pain or tenderness in your finger, hand, or wrist?

Are your fingers or hands pale, white, blue, or cold?

Do you have numbness or tingling in an injured finger, hand, or wrist?

Are you unable to move your fingers, hand, or wrist normally?

Is your finger, hand, or wrist swollen after an injury?

Did you feel or hear a snap, pop, or grating in your finger, hand, or wrist?

Are you unable to free a trapped finger or hand from an object such as a toy, bottle, or jar?

Do you have signs of infection in your finger, hand, or wrist?

Is an object, such as a nail, embedded in your finger or hand?

Do you think the injury may have been caused by abuse?

Do you have bruising of your finger, hand, or wrist?

Do you know or think you need a tetanus shot?

If a visit to a health professional is not needed immediately, see the Home Treatment section for self-care information.


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Last Updated: October 11, 2012
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