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    Default Infected hangnail?

    I noticed yesterday that one of my fingers seemed to be pink and swollen. Iím thinking I pulled a hangnail and itís now infected. Iíve tried soaking it in warm water yesterday and today. Itís still pink and tight. Any hope this will resolve on itís own or should I see if I can get an appointment with the nurse practitioner? Any ideas on fixing it myself? Iíve tried squeezing it but Iím a wimp and likely wonít squeeze it hard enough to open up the area.

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    Slather neosporin on it and can get with a bandaid. Iíve fixed this problem by doing that.


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    I would take hot water with salt in it and dip finger in it. Make the water as hot as you can tolerate.
    I've done this several times and have always been able to heal it at home without further intervention.
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    Another vote for topical antibiotics. We use bacitracin here.
    Hope it feels better soon!
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    Super warm water and epsom salt soaks, lots of times during the day and then add neosporin at night

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkmomagain View Post
    I would take hot water with salt in it and dip finger in it. Make the water as hot as you can tolerate.
    I've done this several times and have always been able to heal it at home without further intervention.
    Same, this always works for me. I used to do it repeatedly as the water cooled, but now I just use the ember mug and keep the water hot hot while my finger soaks for quite some time.
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