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Treatment for infection on the finger - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   Dr. XXXXXXXX here.
Doctor :   please proceed with your health query.
User :   hello, i got an infection on my finger green in color
User :   its getting big i guess
User :   5 days now
User :   i started amox 500 mg this am
User :   its on my index finger
Doctor :   please describe your symptoms in detail
Doctor :   where is this located in finger? is it near nail fold?
Doctor :   how did it start? was there any injury associated?
User :   ok so it started as a little wound from nail cutting after 2 days i felt pain on my index finger on the side of the nail
User :   then it begin to swell. red in color and a little numbness
Doctor :   ok.
User :   after 2 days again. it greenish color started to appear but do not ooze out
User :   and pain subsided but still its inflemmed
User :   *inflammed
User :   i started amox 500 mg this morning
Doctor :   did you start on your own or was it prescribed?
User :   i started my own prescription. we have some amox here at home
Doctor :   since it is green in color, it suggests severe infection with need of higher antibiotics to cure it
Doctor :   so I would suggest you to go ahead with getting it examined by your doctor
User :   so i should not pop it out
Doctor :   if it is more, then a small incision and drainage procedure might be needed
Doctor :   to drian out the infected pus from inside
Doctor :   such that the antibiotics given can do their work effectively
Doctor :   *drain
Doctor :   if indicated, then the pus that is drained out might be tested to identify which organism has caused the infection
Doctor :   and which antibiotic is best suited to cure it completely
Doctor :   the test is known as a culture sensitivity test
User :   coz i prepared nss and sterile equipments to drain. i should go to the doctor then the px is dont have insurance
Doctor :   have you followed what I have said?
User :   yes will
User :   that scared me.
Doctor :   ok. it is a small procedure and needs to be done only when necessary
Doctor :   after examination
User :   thank you then. i will have an appointment done tom
Doctor :   ok. ask for prescription of higher antibiotics
Doctor :   amoxy may not heal it completely
Doctor :   is there anything else I can help you?
Doctor :   is there anything else I can help you with?
Doctor :   are you there?
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