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Infectious Diseases

Cellulitis

04/25/2005

Question:

my son went to the emergency room, his thumb had swollen severly and the docter made a incision on it and than wrapped it in bandages and was told not to remove the bandage to return to a doctor in 2-days. he is taken antibotics but has no money to return to a doctor. so the question is what do we do about the bandage.to change it or let it be open to dry out???

Answer:

Hand injuries and hand infections are very serious and can easily lead to permanent disability.  The doctor wanted your son to be seen for two reasons: 1) to be sure that there were no tendon, nerve or blood vessel injuries that were not recognized at the initial visit; and 2) to be sure that no infection had set in. 

 

I would strongly recommend that he be seen by a doctor.

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Response by:

Peter T Frame, MD Peter T Frame, MD
Emeritus Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati