Treatment for Finger or Fingernail Injuries or Infection
Healthy fingernails will have a pinkish color with the occasional flecks of white and “half moon” of white appearing at the nail bed. Bumps and ridges are normal, however severe alterations of the nail’s surface can indicate an underlying infection or fungus.
Cuticles are a common source of infection, especially resulting from picking, biting or the use if unsanitary manicure tools. If you spot a reddened or swollen area with red streaks radiating from the cuticle, this can indicate an infection that requires medical attention right away.
Pain or a tingling sensation in the fingers can mean several things: cramps from overuse, flexor tendon injury, ganglion cyst compression on a nerve in the hand, arthritis, diabetes or any number of immune disorders.
- Redness or swelling around the cuticle might signal infection
- Joint pain, stiffness or tingling in the fingers or joints can point to nerve compression, arthritis or an overuse syndrome
- Limited range of motion accompanied by swelling, bruising and stiffness in the presence of an injury could indicate a broken bone
- Deep ridges or loss of the fingernail may be due to fungus or infection
Who is at risk?
Emergency Warning Signs: When should I see a doctor?
Treatment is available now at Well-Key Urgent Care.
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