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Swollen and red finger with pus - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   my 5 month old son has a red swollen finger with pus coming out so we put neosporin and a bandaid on it but now all the skin peeled off and it seems to be moving down his finger it started at the tip. we do not know what happened to it for it to get red and swollen in the first place
                                                  
                                                  
                                                  
Doctor :   hi
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let me read what you have typed
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ok
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did you get it checked by his doctor?
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sometimes children get hurt while playing and it gets infected resulting in pus formation
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does he have fever?
User :   no other then what happened to his finger he is fine and happy
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ok
User :   only in pain if u touch his finger
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i would recommend you to get the affected finger examined by his pediatrician, he wil need antibiotics to be taken orally to control the spread of infection
Doctor :   as the topically used antibiotics do reach deeper areas
Doctor :   but the action may be hampered in the deeper areas due to the infection and less amount reaching that place
User :   do you think we should take him in to the emergency then because it is late here
User :   if we wait for our family doctor he wont be able to see him until next week
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you can call up his pediatrician first, and ask if he can give you urgent appointment for tommorow
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if not possible, then take him to Emergency room and get a doctor to examine it and
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prescribe necessary antibiotics to control the infection spread
User :   but should we go tonight or would it be okay to wait until morning
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if the pain is getting more then you should go tonight, if pain is fine and tolerable, you can wait until morning
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give Tylenol syrup (pediatric) 2.3 ml 2-3 tomes a day
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for pain relief
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have you followed what I said?
User :   yes but he does not seem to be in pain unless you touch his finger. is there anything we could put on his finger until he sees a doctoe
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you can continue to put the same neosporin dressing after cleaning it with antiseptic solution
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and take him to ER in the morning
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is there anything else i can help you with?
User :   he has eczema on his legs could that be what it might be
Doctor :   could you describe the eczema to me? i mean to ask you the appearance of the lesions.
Doctor :   and the location of them
User :   dry blotchy spots on his legs. could they have moved to his finger and caused the swelling and peeling
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we cannot rule out the possibility
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is he on any medication for this eczema?
User :   we just use baby eczema cream
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ok
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i suggest you to get them examined , they could be due to 1) allergy to day to day products
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2) infection like scabies, or any bacterial skin infection
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is there anything else i can help you with?
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