An inflamed finger, treatment

An inflamed finger can be caused by a wound or biting off skin. A torn or ingrown nail can also cause inflammation. A bacterium is often the cause. The inflammation is often cleared up by the body on its own and a soda bath can serve as support. If the finger is warm, red and painful or if pus is coming out of the finger, a doctor should look at it. In some cases antibiotics are necessary. The danger of inflammation is that it can penetrate deeper into the body. As a result, whitlow may develop.

What is inflammation?

An infection involves the entry of a bacteria, virus or fungus into the body. We often see a watery discharge from a wound or discharge from the nose, ears or eyes. An infection is fought by the body. Sometimes inflammation occurs as a result of an infection . The body now reacts much more intensely: swelling, redness, pain and a yellow-green purulent discharge are symptoms of inflammation. Infection and inflammation are often confused with each other.

Inflamed finger

Inflammation can occur anywhere, often as a result of a wound or an open connection with the outside world. Sometimes inflammation comes from within. Any organ or body part can become inflamed. When the finger becomes inflamed, the finger is thick, swollen, warm, red, painful and inflammatory fluid comes from a wound. The symptoms may differ, occur together or alternate. This depends on the type of inflammation, the cause and the severity. In addition, fever, a sick feeling and little appetite may occur.

Bite off the skin from the side of the nail

Many people pick at the side of the nail because a skin is loose or out of habit. This picking is often done with the teeth or with the other hand. The finger becomes red, warm, painful and sometimes swollen. (a watery) pus may also come out. It is best to keep the finger in a bath with soda three times a day. Soda can be purchased at the drugstore or supermarket. It is often the cleaning products. This must be repeated for at least a week, sometimes even longer. If there is no improvement and the inflammation even gets worse, it is necessary to see a doctor. In case of fever it is always advisable to contact a doctor immediately. The inflammation is then too deep to do anything about it yourself.

Inflammation from a wound

The fingers are easily injured because we touch everything with them. Usually an injury will heal on its own quite quickly. Disinfecting with betadine and covering with a plaster is often sufficient. If healing is difficult, it may help to put a wet bandage on the finger or keep the plaster wet. The scalding effect accelerates healing. Bathing in soda or green Biotex helps to break down the bacteria and keep the wound clean. Good resistance ensures that inflammation can be resolved from within. Healthy nutrition and sufficient exercise contribute to optimal resistance.

If the inflammation continues, the finger will become very painful, warm and red. Sometimes pus runs from the wound. Go to the doctor about this: home remedies will no longer help. The doctor will sometimes help the inflammation by making an incision, allowing the inflammatory fluid to drain. This can be done with or without anesthesia. The anesthesia is often more painful than the treatment itself, but this depends on the degree of inflammation. A course of antibiotics helps break down the bacteria. It is very important to complete this treatment. Stopping too early leaves bacteria behind. In addition, these bacteria will build up resistance to the type of antibiotic. Uncompleted courses annually result in new forms of bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotics. A new treatment with this medicine will then no longer be effective.

Whittle on the finger

If an inflammation is not treated sufficiently, whitlow can develop: an inflammation that has penetrated deeper and has affected the periosteum. The fingertip is red, painful, swollen and warm. Over time, the fingertip becomes numb. Whittle or panaritium cannot be treated with home remedies. Only a doctor can treat whitlow. This will make an incision in the fingertip so that the inflammatory fluid can drain. Afterwards, a course of antibiotics will have to support the healing process. If the treatment does not work, another antibiotic will be tried. Sometimes it is unclear which type of bacteria or fungus caused whitlow.

What exactly is soda?

Soda is the general name for sodium carbonate. It consists of a hydrophilic white powder. When this powder comes into contact with moisture it clumps together. For this reason, it must always be tightly closed and stored in a dry place. Soda dissolves easily in warm water. It is known for its disinfectant properties. It can be used for small wounds. Dissolve a small amount of baking soda in warm water and soak the inflamed finger for ten minutes. Do not use scalding hot water: this will burn the finger. When the water has cooled down too much, it is no longer pleasant to sit in the soda bath.

Green Biotex

Biotex is a brand of detergent that is available in almost every supermarket. There are two variants: the green and the blue. The green variant is often recommended to disinfect small wounds. The biological enzymes in the detergent ensure that bacteria are broken down. The Biotex breaks down proteins, causing bacteria to die. The wound also remains clean, so new bacteria have no chance. Bathing in a Biotex bath is based on the same principle as soda. Dissolve a spoonful of Biotex in cold to lukewarm water and hold your finger in it for ten minutes three times a day.