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Forum Name: Dermatology Topics

Question: Infected Finger

 bitten - Sun Sep 02, 2007 1:06 pm

Hello dr.,
Im a 20 yr old female student. Around a fortnight ago, while taking a bucketful of water from a particularly eutrophic pond, the glove tore and my hand pretty much got dipped. Unfortunately I had wounded the nail cuticle the same day.

An infection began a week ago at the middle middle phalanx which now extends to the base of the distal middle phalanx n almost to the proximal middle phalanx (its still extending but slowly).

A dermatologist has prescribed propygenta (betamethasone, gentamicin, ZnS cream), novaclox, NISE (which i think is an analgesic). Its a 3 day course and today's the end of the 2nd day. Am i taking the right medicines?? I do not want to lose my finger! please help me!!! I've had no such infections previously, am slightly asthmatic & not allergic to any medicine..[/u]
 Debbie Miller, RN - Tue Sep 04, 2007 2:47 pm

User avatar It sounds like you are getting good care. Try to keep the finger as clean as possible to give it every chance to heal but be sure to observe it regularly for signs of worsening infection. Should that happen, return to your doctor for further treatment. You should see a gradual improvement each day.

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