I recently got a finger infection, is this normal?


So about 5 days ago I got a finger infection which I believe to be staph from Paronychia. The finger is very swollen and red on half of the upper digit. I thought it was getting better yesterday but today it throbbed all day and i had sharp stinging pains in it. I was also nauseous and dizzy with a headache all day....
Is this serious? Or should I wait it out.
Please help me... It hurts so much.
(Doctors not open till Monday)
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It does not sound like it is getting better. Infection in an extremity is hard for the body to fight as well, because of limited blood circulation...the end can get swollen and then not get blood in and out as well.

You tried to wait it out. Not working. Infections still are dangerous, even in modern times. Modern meds don't work if you don't use them. Go to a doc and get some antibiotics.

If there are red streaks running from the finger to the hand, GET HELP TODAY! That is very serious - I can't over emphasize it.  (+ info)

Can Paronychia Heal Over Time?


I was wondering if Paronychia in the finger will heal over time by itself without having to take any antibiotics or surgery.
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Iam very sorry but i'm afraid I do not know what Paronychia is. I suppose you think I'm very stupid.  (+ info)

How do I treat Acute Paronychia on my big toe?!?


It's hurting a lot and I don't really know how to treat it. I can't really tell if the warm water trick is really working! Is there another way to treat it?
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What to do about a paronychia on a finger?


My daughter has been complaining about a sore finger for a few days, and yesterday an infection came out.

She's been putting bacitracian on it, but it doesn't seem to be doing any good. The infection isn't that bad at all, but I'm at a loss at what to tell her to do. Does this need antibiotics or a doctor's appointment?

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I have the same thing right now.I recommend putting the finger in warm water sith salt and putting antibiotics.It helped me but it didn't get rid of my problem.I'm going to the doctor just to be sure.Its called Paranochia.It can turn into something bad if you dont treat it.I've had it for two weeks I don't want to wait any longer to get it checked out.You should get your daughter to a doctor.  (+ info)

How do you treat a fungal infection under your finger nail?


I received a fungal dark blotch under my pinky nail after wearing press on tips and am not sure how to treat the infection since it appears to be under the cuticule.
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Fungal nail infection
Definition
Fungal nail infection is an infection of the nails by a fungus.

Alternative Names
Nails - fungal infection; Onychomycosis; Infection - fungal - nails
Causes
The body normally hosts a variety of microorganisms, including bacteria and fungi. Some of these are useful to the body. Others may multiply rapidly and form infections. Fungi can live on the dead tissues of the hair, nails, and outer skin layers.

Fungal infections include mold-like fungi that cause:

Athlete's foot
Jock itch
Ringworm
Tinea capitis

Fungal infections also include yeast-like fungi such as candida. Candida yeast infections include:

Diaper rash
Oral thrush
Cutaneous candidiasis
Some cases of genital rashes
Fungal nail infections are most often seen in adults. They often follow fungal infection of the feet. Fungal nail infections may be difficult to treat and may recur often. Toenails are affected more often than fingernails.

People who frequent public swimming pools, gyms, or shower rooms -- and people who perspire a great deal -- commonly have mold-like infections, because the fungi that cause them thrive in warm, moist areas.

The risk of getting a fungal infection is increased by closed-in footwear, prolonged moist skin, and minor skin or nail injuries.

Symptoms
Nail changes on one or more nails (usually toenails):
Brittleness
Discoloration
Loss of luster and shine
Thickening
Distortion of nail shape
Crumbling of the nail
Debris being trapped under the nail
Loosening (detaching) of the nail
Exams and Tests
Your doctor will suspect a fungal infection based on the appearance of the nails.

The diagnosis can be confirmed by scraping the nail for a culture, or a microscopic examination to identify the type of fungus.

Treatment
Over-the-counter creams and ointments generally do not help treat this condition.

Prescription anti-fungal medicines taken by mouth may help clear the fungus in about 50% of patients. However, such medicines can cause side effects or may interfere with other health medicines the patient is taking.

In some cases, the nail may be removed by the doctor. Nails grow slowly, so even if treatment is successful, a new, clearer nail may take up to a year to grow in.

Outlook (Prognosis)
Fungal nail infections may be difficult to treat and may become a reservoir for fungal organisms, causing them to return in the skin or nails. The fungal nail infection is cured by the growth of new, non-infected nails. Even with successful treatment, a relapse is common.

Possible Complications
Permanent damage to the nails
Secondary skin infections, including paronychia
Recurrent fungal infections of the nails or other parts of the body
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Call your health care provider if you experience persistent fungal nail infections, or if the fingers become painful, red, or drain pus.

Prevention
Good general health and hygiene help to prevent fungal infections. Keep the skin clean and dry. Take proper care of the nails (see treatment). Wash and dry the hands thoroughly after contact with any fungal infection.


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Review Date: 10/26/2006
Reviewed By: Michael S. Lehrer, M.D., Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
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How much would this cost to visit a ER?


I developed a infection at the corner of my thumb nail, Pus formed and I drained it, now my thumb is swelling and its very apparent near the joint.

I assume if I go in, there going to administer oral antibiotics, and possibly give me a Tetnus shot. How much would those two things run me?
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It may be paronychia and can get very painful if left to improve on it's own. The treatment is oral antibiotics. The nail can become misshapen as a result of infection. It can also be caused by fungal infections and candidal infections. I live in the UK, sorry I don't know how much it costs to go to the ER.  (+ info)

How can I get rid of fungus under my finger nails?


Is there anything that works fast? I have alot of pain in the finger,,,,it's my fore-finger. this sucks, ,,,,,yeah, i know,,,go see the doctor,,,,if anyone has a cure, I can forget doctor.
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Fungal infection under the nails (paronychia) or between the toes may cause discoloration and swelling, and the nails may become raised above the surface of the nail bed. Keep the skin clean and dry. Expose the affected area to the air as much as possible. If you have been treating a fungal infection on your own and you develop symptoms of a worsening infection such as increased redness and swelling or fever, consult your physician. For toenail or fingernail fungus soak nails in a mixture of paud'arco and goldenseal. In a wide pan, make paud'arco tea using 6 tea bags and a gallon of water. Bring to boil, then allow to cool to a very warm but tolerable temperature. Add the contents of 4 capsules of goldenseal. Soak your hands in this mixture for 15 minutes twice a day.  (+ info)

Why does my hand become sore whenever I touch water?


This happened about 5 days ago, in my left hand; my pinky and ring finger get so numb whenever I touch water, which eventually hurts a bit. Anybody know why this is happening?
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you might have a condition known as paronychia...is it red under the nails and are your nails involved??? try to avoid water...wear gloves in case your work involves dipping hands in water again and again..

it is generally due to bacterial infection.you might need to visi a doctor...he might prescribe a few antibiotics..if it gets worse he might have to incise the skin and drain the pus out...  (+ info)

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