Finger Infection (cont.)
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When Should Someone Seek Medical Care for a Finger Infection?
The key to preventing disability and possible loss of the finger is early and appropriate treatment. If any signs and symptoms of finger infection are present, contact a doctor at once.
If a person has signs or symptoms of a felon, cellulitis, flexor tenosynovitis, or deep space infection, seek emergency care at once.
How Do Health Care Professionals Diagnose a Finger Infection?
The diagnosis of a finger infection begins with a history and physical exam. A directed history will help identify the likely cause as well as the correct diagnosis. People who have a localized finger infection will be treated differently than someone with a chronic or severe infection. Coexisting problems such as diabetes or blood vessel disorders of the arms and legs will complicate the infection and may change the degree of treatment.
Important information that the doctor will need to know will include the following:
Specific information may help pinpoint the type of finger infection:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/11/2017
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