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Cut on thumb, red streaks going from thumb to arm. Prescribed cefadroxil. Medical emergency?

I got a cut on my thumb @ work doing sheetmetal work, noticed the next day it was red & painful. I cleaned it up & used neosporin but kept getting worse. Told work super who sent me to doc to get treated in which I was given the antibiotic cefadroxil in case of infection. I noticed today red streaks going from thumb to up just past the inside of the bend of my arm . Should I go to emergency room?
Asked On : Tue, 15 Jan 2013
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Hi thanks for your question.
You cut on you thumb has got infected and red streak from you thumb upto elbow is most probably spread of infection from your thumb along lymphatics.It is the infected inflammed lymhatics which have produced red streak.Though your taking antibiotic ,I would suggest you to visit ER for further treatment.You may need antiseptic dressing drainage of puss (if formed) and change in antibiotic.Hope this answers your question.
Answered: Tue, 15 Jan 2013
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