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I damaged the inside of my thumb nail yesterday. it was cut.

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hi - i damaged the inside of my thumb nail yesterday. it was cut. a few hours later it started to hurt a lot. I soaked it in salt water and at night it was so painful I couldn't sleep. Then I iced it and it felt better. but this morning the thumb is quite swollen - but only painful when i touch it. (whereas last night it was throbbing all the time). do i try to get antibiotics?
JA: Any recent injuries? How long have you been dealing with the swelling?
Customer: no recent injuries aside from this thumb. it was cut yesterday and started to swell (slowly) in the evening. this morning the skin is tight and it is swollen
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the Doctor should know?
Customer: not really. i am 44 and lucky to be healthy

Hello and thanks for trusting me to help you. I am a board-certified consultant with over 30 years of experience.

Customer: replied 2 days ago.

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Please provide more information regarding your question so I can help you in detail.

Please upload a picture of the affected area to review.

Are you taking any medications?

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Customer: replied 2 days ago.
Okay. Thanks. I just took two photos. Also i had been soaking it in warm salt water
Customer: replied 2 days ago.
Are you able to prescribe antibiotics if needed?

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Customer: replied 2 days ago.
okay - do i only get charged if we talk?
Customer: replied 2 days ago.
Should I try to get a prescription for the infection or keep soaking it in salt water and trust that will help as long as it doesnt get worse?

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Customer: replied 2 days ago.
Okay. Thank you

Sorry for late reply and inconvenience.

Thanks for all this additional information.

I understand your concern.

Well as you describe, you should continue soaking your thumb in warm water and add some antiseptic solution like betadine solution.

And afterward, apply OTC 1% hydrocortisone cream mixed with bacitracin ointment twice a day.

Take OTC Motrin and Claritin for a few days.

You should hydrate yourself with warm liquids.
You should start a multivitamin supplement and vitamin C lozenges.

It may take a week to resolve and sometimes a few days more.

I apologize for not able to give you a prescription of oral and topical antibiotics.


If your symptoms will persist then see your doctor for further evaluation and management.


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Customer: replied 2 days ago.
Okay. Thank you. I will give this a go.

I wish for your good health.
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