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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A finger fracture is a break in 1 or more of the bones in your finger.
- NSAIDs: These medicines decrease swelling, pain, and fever. You can buy NSAIDs without a doctor's order. Ask your primary healthcare provider which medicine is right for you, and how much to take. Take as directed. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems if not taken correctly.
- Pain medicine: You may be given a prescription medicine to decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take this medicine.
- Antibiotics: You may need antibiotics if you have an open wound. This medicine helps fight or prevent an infection caused by bacteria.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your primary healthcare provider or hand specialist within 2 days:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
- Ice: Ice helps decrease swelling and pain. Ice may also help prevent tissue damage. Use an ice pack, or put crushed ice in a plastic bag. Cover it with a towel and place it on your finger for 15 to 20 minutes every hour or as directed.
- Elevate: Raise your hand above the level of your heart as often as you can. This will help decrease swelling and pain. Prop your hand on pillows or blankets to keep it elevated comfortably.
- Splint: Do not remove your splint until you follow up with your primary healthcare provider or hand specialist.
Contact your primary healthcare provider or hand specialist if:
- Your pain or inflammation gets worse, even after treatment.
- Your injured finger is cold.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Return to the emergency department if:
- Your splint breaks or feels too tight.
- You have severe pain.
- Blood soaks through your bandage.
- Your injured finger is numb and pale.
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