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Finger Infection (cont.)

Is It Possible to Prevent a Finger Infection?

Common sense safety practices will help prevent many of the finger wounds that become a problem.

  • Simple things such as wearing protective work gloves may prevent injury.
  • Wearing latex or vinyl gloves is mandatory if possible exposure to bodily fluids is expected.
  • Avoid chewing on the nails, and wash the hands as needed.
  • Seek early medical attention before an infection is present.

What Is the Prognosis of Finger Infections?

If the infections are treated early and properly, the prognosis for full recovery is good. However, if treatment is delayed, or if the infection is severe, the prognosis is not as good.

  • With the infections that involve deep structures such as infectious flexor tenosynovitis, even with the best care, the outcome may be less than desirable. Complications include loss of function, loss of sensation, disfigurement, or even loss of the finger.
  • The doctor will need to evaluate each case individually and present the likely outcome based on the findings.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/19/2016

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