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When should I see a doctor if I've injured my finger?

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Sometimes, home treatment for cuts or other injuries to your finger may be enough. But you should see a doctor if you have:

  • 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.

From: Treatment for Finger Injuries WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Leggit, M. March 1, 2006; vol 73(5): pp 810-816. American Family Physician,

National Library of Medicine: "Cuts and puncture wounds."

American College of Emergency Physicians Foundation: "Cuts and abrasions."

American Medical Association , Random House, 2009. . American Medical Association Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Medical Care

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 16, 2020

SOURCES:

Leggit, M. March 1, 2006; vol 73(5): pp 810-816. American Family Physician,

National Library of Medicine: "Cuts and puncture wounds."

American College of Emergency Physicians Foundation: "Cuts and abrasions."

American Medical Association , Random House, 2009. . American Medical Association Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Medical Care

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 16, 2020

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