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Does discoloration of the pinky finger with blisters require consultation while on antibiotic?

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Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel

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Posted on Mon, 9 Oct 2017 in Lump
Question: My pinky finger is becoming seriously discolored, should I be concerned? I had a small cut which developed blisters. My doctor has me on an oral antibiotic since Saturday, but it wasn't this bad when I saw him.
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Answered by Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel 31 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Still presence of infection underlying .

Detailed Answer:
Hello dear

Warm welcome to Healthcaremagic.com
I have evaluated your query thoroughly with attached photograph of the finger .

* There is infection still present giving discoloration .

* Recommendations for better recovery

- High level care in form of proper antiseptic dressing is needed by the doctor .
- If current antibiotic is since 5 days & the condition is not under control , that
means that it is not as effective as it should be on the causative organism .

So , either change of molecule or in some cases minor surgical procedure
called incision & drainage of infection may be required .

Can guide further with following details .

1. Is there throbbing pain , fever .
2. Details about finger movements .
3. Presence of any systemic issue as diabetes or else .
4. If possible details of antibiotics taken till now .

Awaiting for your response .
Regards .
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
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Follow up: Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel 2 hours later
There is no throbbing pain. Areas of the finger are numb and it feels at times very warm to the touch. I am not diabetic nor have any other serious conditions. I have been on Amoxicillin-Clav 875/125 mg since Sunday. I'm supposed to see my doctor on Thursday for a follow up but am concerned that this could be something serious like gangrene setting in.
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Answered by Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Do not worry for gangrene at present.take following care till thursday.

Detailed Answer:
Hi welcome

Thanks for the details .

* There is infection state at present , not gangrene . Overlying skin changes are
due to inflammation of the area beneath the skin .

* Can wait till Thursday without worry , recommendations for that period

- After cleaning with antiseptic liquid , apply polymycin ointment 3 times a day .
- Continue current medications .
- Addition of ibuprofen ( 400 ) mg 3 times a day after meals will help as
anti inflammatory agent .

Hope this will help you for sure .

Wishing you fine recovery from the same .
Regards .
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
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Follow up: Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel 2 hours later
Thank you so much! I will do as you have directed.

Best Regards
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Answered by Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel 5 minutes later
Brief Answer:
welcome dear .

Detailed Answer:
Welcome always .

No thanks please , it is part of our moral responsibility to guide you in our best
possible manner in the needed times .
Regards .
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