Finger Infection (cont.)
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What Are Complications of Finger Infections?
Infections of the nail or the fingertip, such as paronychia or felon, usually resolve without any complications.
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.
Is It Possible to Prevent a Finger Infection?
Common sense safety practices will help prevent many of the finger wounds that become a problem.
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.
The doctor will need to evaluate each case individually and present the likely outcome based on the findings.
Finger Infection Pictures
Picture of flexor tendon sheaths and radial and ulnar bursae. Image courtesy of Randle L Likes, DO.
Picture of a herpetic whitlow. Image courtesy of Glen Vaughn, MD.
Picture of a moderate paronychia. Swelling and redness around the edge of the nail is caused by a large pus collection under the skin. Image courtesy of Christina L Kukula, DO.
Picture of drainage of pus from a paronychia. Image courtesy of Glen Vaughn, MD.
Picture of a paronychia can progress to a felon if left untreated. A paronychia can progress to a felon if left untreated. Image courtesy of Glen Vaughn, MD.
Picture of a subungual hematoma
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/11/2017
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