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Cut the tip of thumb, blood clotted. Skin turned white, hard, puffy. Is it infected?

Hi I cut the tip of my thumb clean off. It is about the size of a raisin ( the cut portion). The wound has stopped bleeding and seems to be clotting. I have put neosporin and wrapped it in a band-aid for two days now. Today I ve noticed the skin around the wound is white, hard, and puffy. Is this a sign of infection?
Asked On : Mon, 3 Dec 2012
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Hi, thanks for using health care magic

The white area of skin may be old skin that is going to come off.
Signs and symptoms of infection are : (1) increasing temperature (2) pain (3) redness (4) increased warmth of the area (5) discharge.

It may be best, since the top aspect of the thumb has been removed, to have it assessed by your doctor.He or she would be able to determine what , if any , dressings are needed.

I hope this helps
Answered: Thu, 17 Oct 2013
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