I've had an ingrown nail on my finger get infected and then begin to turn a purple-yellow-ish color as well as swell. After a few days, I awoke to my finger throbbing in pain and it had ballooned up to about twice its size in the tip! I read online you could possibly lose your finger if you let it go too long so I went to the doctor and they squeezed the pus out and prescribed me an anti-biotic and pain meds. Funny thing is, I had the same thing happen to two other fingers within the period of about 4 months. Is this normal? Is there some reason why I am experiencing Felon Finger so often? Especially because it's not on the same finger each time it puzzles me...
I'm just wondering if you are diabetic and if you bite your fingernails? Both could be culprits in these infections. It is imperative for you to wash your hands often with an antibacterial soap. If you see infection forming, cover that area with a sterile dressing and go to your doctor. Don't let it get to the point that you describe. A staph infection can spread very easily so be sure to keep the infected area covered to isolate it from the other fingers. I had an Aunt who had this same problem. She worked in a bakery and had to retire because something about the yeast caused it. Of course, that was way back before food workers were required to wear latex gloves to handle food. Yuk! I never ate anything at her house! LOL. Feel better!
I have had a severe infection at the base of a nail. Other nails became infected. The one that was worse was treated by removing the nail by a dermatologist, sounds worse than it is. This allowed the nail bed to be cleaned since the infection creeps under the nail. My infection turned up to bacterial at the worse, but the yellow nail was fungus. Eventually I lost my nails and they took quite a while to grow back. However, we beat the infection which was a staph infection. Dangerous infection. Have a specialist look at those nails. It may be more serious than you think as 90% is out of sight. And it hurt like crazy, with a pulsating . Good luck. Soaking the hand in Epsom salts helps draw out the pus. So does a product called bromoderm or something like that. Soak, treat, take every antibiotic pill. Write back with questions. Hope healing comes,swiftly. Karen
I had a Felon CA MRSA infection and it has jacked up my thumb! Although I do not like to hear this about you, it is a relief to finally run into a person who had the same symptoms that i did. Yes I had experienced the hangnail infection in 2 different hangnails over a period of a month in June 2010. They were small, burning, and soo painful! They reminded me of a blood blister. A fellow employee said they looked like a spider bite. I was a server and a bandage hurt terribly so I lanced them and got relief each time. The third time was in my thumb. It was terrible! 7 doctors and the damage was done. MRI showed partial resection of the distal tuft or erosive osteomylitis. Going through medical malpractice suit, because off failure to treat me, then released me with mrsa according to the post operative biopsy. Which he never mentioned . He Denied me xrays, blood work, and any tests. He never mentioned removing the infected bone in his operative report.
According to last doctor i seen, a hand surgeon who teaches hand surgery and has for years in Louisville, KY. He said that doctor took your bone. I would love to know if you have had any more experiences. Hopefully not. Good Luck.
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