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    Treatment for Finger Injuries

    Call 911 if: 

    • Blood is spurting from the wound
    • Bleeding cannot be stopped after 5-10 minutes of firm and steady pressure

    • Blood is spurting from the wound
    • Bleeding cannot be stopped after 5-10 minutes of firm and steady pressure

    Treating Finger Injuries at Home

    1. Stop Bleeding

    • Apply firm pressure until bleeding stops.
    • If finger or part of finger is severed, put the severed part in a clean plastic bag, pack the bag in ice, and take it with you to the doctor.

    2. Clean Wound

    • Wash with fresh water.
    • Apply antibacterial cream to reduce risk of infection.
    • Apply a sterile bandage.

    3. Control Swelling

    • Apply ice to a bruised or swollen finger.

    4. When to See a Doctor

    • Inability to move the finger
    • Numbness
    • Bone is exposed
    • The wound is deep or long.
    • Pain and swelling are severe or persistent.
    • You can't clean the wound or the wound is very dirty. (You may need antibiotics)
    • The injury is a puncture or open wound and you haven’t had a tetanus shot in the last 10 years.
    • The injury is from a human or animal bite.
    • If the wound doesn't heal or shows signs of infection: redness, swelling, pain, or pus.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 25, 2015

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