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Blood blisters in the fingers and their treatment - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   About 4 weeks ago I had what appeared to be a boold blister on my finger. I popped it (following bad advice) and the center appears raised and hardened. The area around it has since become larger, and if hit, bleeds quite a lot. I've used ice on it and soaked in epsom salt but it doesn't seem to be going away. There is no pain around or on it and no other sign of infection. I'm worried though because the size is not reducing and shouldn't it be drying out? When has enough time gone by before I need to really be concerned and get to a doctor's office?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Let me read the query.
Doctor :   May I know your age and gender?
Doctor :   Have you seen a doctor?
User :   I'm 34, female and no I haven't been to the doctor.
Doctor :   May I know the exact location of the injury?
User :   It is on my left hand, ring finger to the side of the nail.
Doctor :   Do you have active bleeding from the site of injury?
User :   not for the past several days but I scraped it today in the midst of soaking it and it's been oozing what looks to be fresh blood for at least 30 minutes now. I've got it wrapped in gauze thats smeared with Neopsorin but it has soaked through already.
Doctor :   Are you able to move your finger without any difficulties?
User :   yes, no pain or discomfort. no problems with movement at all.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you notice any colour changes?
User :   none of the finger itself but within the last week and a half the area around the initial site seemed to balloon with blood. it looked like another blood blister.
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Let me explain it to you.
Doctor :   Since I cannot perform a physical examination, I cannot predict the cause for the blister.
Doctor :   However, the appropriate treatment for blood filled lesion is to avoid further manupulations.
Doctor :   They will disappear on its own.
Doctor :   However, if you develop symptoms such as pain, difficulty in moving the finger, you would need evaluation.
Doctor :   I would suggest you to get a physical examination by a local doctor to rule out the possibilities of infection, in which case you will be needing antibiotics.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   yes, I follow. what length of time should pass before I see a doctor in office, if it doesn't get better or go away?
Doctor :   It depends on the present state.
Doctor :   Usually a small blood filled wound will take a few days to disappear.
Doctor :   Look out for the symptoms that I had mentioned.
User :   ok
Doctor :   if you are on any blood thinning drugs such as aspirin, they can be aggravation the bleeding.
Doctor :   Have you followed?
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   not at this time, thank you
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now.
User :   bye
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