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What causes a scab on the finger of an infant?

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Posted on Wed, 18 May 2016
Question: Hi

I just noticed that my daughter who is 5 weeks old has something that looks like a scab on her finger we are not sure this occurred could be from a burn, or something... I have attached photos of the finger is there anything we should do?
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Answered by Dr. Sumanth Amperayani (34 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Looks like a superficial skin infection

Detailed Answer:
Hi...Looks like a superficial skin infection or pyoderma.

I have a few question for you -

1. Is there any fever?
2. How is the baby feeding?
3. It seems to be appearing in two places which means it could be spreading - are there any similar lesions over the body anywhere else?
4. Dis she touch any chemical inadvertently?
How long have you been observing this?

Regards - Dr. Sumanth

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Sumanth Amperayani (5 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Looks like a superficial skin infection

Detailed Answer:
Hi...Looks like a superficial skin infection or pyoderma.

I have a few question for you -

1. Is there any fever? NO
2. How is the baby feeding? Eating Normally
3. It seems to be appearing in two places which means it could be spreading - are there any similar lesions over the body anywhere else? No
4. Dis she touch any chemical inadvertently?NO
How long have you been observing this? we just noticed it the past hour

Regards - Dr. XXXXXXX
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Answered by Dr. Sumanth Amperayani (11 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Not an emergency but it can spread - I suggest you consult a dermatologist

Detailed Answer:
Hi...This is not an emergency but it can spread - I suggest you consult a dermatologist regarding this.

Meanwhile I suggest you clean the area with clean water and apply Mupirocin ointment over the area (If Mupirocin is available as over the counter mediation in your country).

I am suggesting Mupirocin as community acquired MRSA bug is becoming prevalent now a days.

Regards - Dr. Sumanth
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes a scab on the finger of an infant?

Brief Answer: Looks like a superficial skin infection Detailed Answer: Hi...Looks like a superficial skin infection or pyoderma. I have a few question for you - 1. Is there any fever? 2. How is the baby feeding? 3. It seems to be appearing in two places which means it could be spreading - are there any similar lesions over the body anywhere else? 4. Dis she touch any chemical inadvertently? How long have you been observing this? Regards - Dr. Sumanth