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What Are Home Remedies for Finger Infections?
Because finger infections have the potential to become severe, home care is limited. A very minor paronychia may be managed at home if the person has no other complicating medical illness, such as diabetes. All of the other infections require urgent evaluation and treatment by a doctor. Because delay in treatment may result in disability or loss of the finger, the affected person should not hesitate to obtain medical care.
A small, simple paronychia may respond to frequent warm water soaks and elevation of the hand. Soaking with Epsom salts may soothe the area and provide pain relief, but it does not help resolve the infection. So, if no improvement is noticed in one to two days, you should see a doctor at once.
Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties and has been touted as a home remedy for fungal infections of the fingernail. See your doctor for treatment before using any home remedy to treat a finger infection.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/19/2016
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