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Noticed red and swollen fingers with pus in the corner of nail. Any suggestions?

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This is regarding finger infection for my daughter who is of 7 months old.
Her finger is red swollen and I see little bit of pus in the corner of the nail.

Require your suggestion to address this..


Posted Sun, 18 Nov 2012 in Infections
Answered by Dr. Uma Rajah Ananth 2 hours later
Welcome to XXXXXXX
First of all how did she get this? Was there any injury?
Redness and swelling are suggestive of some infection.
Normally external application may be enough but since she is a small baby,she may put her finger with the ointment in the mouth.!
So it is better to give her some antibiotic by mouth for 5 days and use antibiotic ointment only in the nights when she is sleeping.
You have to watch out for the progress closely.
God bless
All the best
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