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Question: massaging infected cuticle?

 lizardflats - Tue Dec 22, 2009 2:27 pm

I've been fighting an infection on a finger where the cuticle was damaged for over 6 months now. I keep it dry as much as possible when working with water and soak it daily in vinegar or hydrogen peroxide solutions. There is always some redness and swelling at the edge of the skin where it meets the nail and it sometimes itches as well. Would it be bad to massage the area to promote blood flow or would that spread the infection further?
 Debbie Miller, RN - Sun Jan 03, 2010 9:24 pm

User avatar Hello,
Massage would not hurt anything. If there is some infection, using a topical antibiotic cream might help. Cover lightly with a bandage to keep the cream in place while it works. Try this a few times to see if that helps get rid of the offending organism. If not, you should also realize there are fungi that can cause problems around nails and you may need to see a dermatologist about this.

Best wishes.

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