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Hit distal phalange right ring finger, discoloration, pain. Emergency?

My father hit his distal phalange right ring finger while applying pressure to a ball bearing he was trying to remove. He is experiencing discoloration and a large swelling in the form of a bubble on his distal area. He can move it but is still experiencing pain. Do you think it is more likely a contusion or something worse like a broken bone or fracture . Also he is stubborn and refusing to go to the ER tonight and is waiting to get it looked at. What is your expert opinion on the possible diagnosis?
Asked On : Mon, 7 Jan 2013
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thank you.chance of contusion is more. sometimes it takes 7-10 days to resolve. you may give hot compression and rest the finger. simple analgesic may be given like paracetamol or diclofenac.after 10 days if it will nod resolve then check x-ray is needed.
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