Treat Smashed Fingers

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Fingers often get pinched, jammed, or smashed during daily activities. A lot of finger injuries are not that serious. Yes, they may be painful and inconvenient, but these injuries heal very well with self-care at home. Some injuries with possible severed parts, bone fractures, or severe bleeding require immediate professional medical help.

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How to Treat Smashed Fingers

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    You will need to apply ice immediately or insert your finger into ice water to decrease the swelling and pain
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    Every hour for two hours apply ice for 10 to 15 minutes.
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    Until swelling is gone, repeat this cycle for 48 hours.
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    Remove jewelry only if you can do this without having additional pain.
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    Gently wash with soap, then dry, if the skin is broken.
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    Apply a soft, clean dressing.
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    For support of the injured finger, use a splint and tape it to a nearby healthy finger.
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    Rest and elevate your hand for 24 to 48 hours.
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    Use a sling to immobilize your hand or try to use your hand very little.
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    To reduce swelling and pain, you can take an aspirin or ibuprofen.
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    You can apply warm compresses for comfort as long as the swelling is gone.
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    Resume full range of motion as soon as swelling is gone
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    To prevent limited movement later, you can gently bend and move your finger or fingers.
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    Stop any activity that causes pain to the finger.
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How to Treat Dislocated Fingernails

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    Trim the part of the nail that is still attached to avoid catching it on anything.
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    Keep area clean and watch for signs of infection.
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    Protect the tip of the finger with a soft cloth or dressing.
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    For a new nail to grow back, it will take one to two months.
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How to Treat Blood Under the Nail

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    Apply ice as soon as possible.
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    Make a hole in the nail to relive pressure and pain.
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    Use a straightened paper clip and hold it with a pair of pliers in a flame until it is red hot.
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    Let the tip of the paper clip melt through the nail.
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    When the hole is completely open, blood will leave and the pressure and pain will ease up a bit.
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    Repeat the procedure while using the same hole if the blood and the pressure start to build up again.
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    Soak your finger three times a day for 15 minutes in a solution of equal parts of water and hydrogen peroxide.
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Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • For protection when using ice, place a washcloth between bare skin and ice.
  • As long as there is swelling, DO NOT use heat.
  • NEVER give aspirin to children/teenagers.

Questions and Answers

How many days after a finger is smashed do I stop using hydro.peroxide/water solution?

Smashed finger with blood under nail and a separation from skin where the nail starts.. I have tried: Soaking in hydro. peroxide, splint, and sucking on the affected area.. I think it was caused by: Sandwiched between heavy metal parts.

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It is recommended that you use the peroxide/water solution each time that you drain the nail. You only use it once after using the paper clip to burn a small hole in your nail to release pooled blood and after that you simply keep the wound clean and dry for two days. Preferably you are seeing a physician who can assist you with the draining of the nail especially if the blood in the nail builds up again and needs repeated draining. If you are performing the DIY blood releases by yourself it is better to keep the nail dry for that two day period rather than soak it every few hours in peroxide. If the wound begins producing pus or turns green get to a doctor immediately because it means the wound is infected.

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If I smash my finger in a door, do I need to go to the hospital emergency room?

When do I need to see a doctor about my smashed finger?. I have tried: I have been icing the wound and using polysporin directly on it. I have also been taking Advil to treat the pain.. I think it was caused by: An infection may have been caused by dirt in the wound.

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What is the typical smashed fingers healing time?

How long will it take my bruised and battered fingers to return to normal?. I have tried: I am using aspirin and ice to treat inflammation and pain.. I think it was caused by: I have to tell my boss when my hand will be well enough to type again.

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My thumb got caught in the heavy car door...slam! I was able to pull thumb out, no tears but now it is so swollen it feels like it is going to burst on day three. It has no release from the inside swelling. I've tried hot soaks and cold soaks...pain! Took Ibuprofen too?

My thumb got caught in the heavy car door...slam! I was able to pull thumb out, no tears but now it is so swollen it feels like it is going to burst on day three. It has no release from the inside swelling. I've tried hot soaks and cold soaks...pain! Took Ibuprofen too.

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