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First aid for finger injury - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Answered : 594 Questions

Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :  
How can i help you?
User :   hey just cut the tip of my finger pretty bad stopped the bleeding with pressure from gauze and tape i am considering getting stitches but its so close to my nail i dont know if they could even put stitches in
User :   so im just trying to figure out what i should do
Doctor :  
if it is too close to the nail and if it is pulp soft tissue
Doctor :  
it is sometimes not possible to stitch
Doctor :   clean the wound with some antiseptic solution
User :   yea its right next to the nail for most of the cut thats why i am wodering if i should even go, i cleaned to would with alcohol but a butterfly bandaid on and wrapped it and tapped it
Doctor :   avoid alcohol for open wounds
User :   ah that figures
User :   so even if i went to the doctor and it was to close to the nail to stitch what might they do?
Doctor :   clean the wound
Doctor :  
apply the neosporin ointment

Doctor :   approximate the ends and apply the bandage in the the position
Doctor :  
may require tetanus shot and antibiotics depending on your immunization status and type of wound
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