Treat Smashed Fingers

Edited by Lor777, Charmed, Eng, Maria Quinney and 2 others

Bryce's finger.jpg

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.

How to Treat Smashed Fingers

  1. 1
    You will need to apply ice immediately or insert your finger into ice water to decrease the swelling and pain
    .
    Smashed fingers 2.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  2. 2
    Every hour for two hours apply ice for 10 to 15 minutes.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  3. 3
    Until swelling is gone, repeat this cycle for 48 hours.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  4. 4
    Remove jewelry only if you can do this without having additional pain.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  5. 5
    Gently wash with soap, then dry, if the skin is broken.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  6. 6
    Apply a soft, clean dressing.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  7. 7
    For support of the injured finger, use a splint and tape it to a nearby healthy finger.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  8. 8
    Rest and elevate your hand for 24 to 48 hours.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  9. 9
    Use a sling to immobilize your hand or try to use your hand very little.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  10. 10
    To reduce swelling and pain, you can take an aspirin or ibuprofen.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  11. 11
    You can apply warm compresses for comfort as long as the swelling is gone.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  12. 12
    Resume full range of motion as soon as swelling is gone
    .
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  13. 13
    To prevent limited movement later, you can gently bend and move your finger or fingers.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  14. 14
    Stop any activity that causes pain to the finger.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help

How to Treat Dislocated Fingernails

  1. 1
    Trim the part of the nail that is still attached to avoid catching it on anything.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  2. 2
    Keep area clean and watch for signs of infection.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  3. 3
    Protect the tip of the finger with a soft cloth or dressing.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  4. 4
    For a new nail to grow back, it will take one to two months.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help

How to Treat Blood Under the Nail

  1. 1
    Apply ice as soon as possible.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  2. 2
    Make a hole in the nail to relive pressure and pain.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  3. 3
    Use a straightened paper clip and hold it with a pair of pliers in a flame until it is red hot.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  4. 4
    Let the tip of the paper clip melt through the nail.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  5. 5
    When the hole is completely open, blood will leave and the pressure and pain will ease up a bit.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  6. 6
    Repeat the procedure while using the same hole if the blood and the pressure start to build up again.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  7. 7
    Soak your finger three times a day for 15 minutes in a solution of equal parts of water and hydrogen peroxide.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help

How to Care for your Fingers in General

  1. 1
    Do not let your fingernails get too long
    .
    If it is longer than normal, it may be more difficult for you to handle certain things and this may lead to accidents. Also, in case you pointed your hand to the wrong direction and caused some force against your fingernail, it can make your nail turn over and that will really be very painful. It also takes a while to recover because you would have to wait for your nail to get long again and having an exposed nailbed is not only painful and uncomfortable, it also makes you hand prone to further injuries.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  2. 2
    Use some tools when you have to open a can or remove a staple wire
    .
    These are some of the things that are commonly done with your fingers but are in fact better off done with the appropriate tools. Eventually, if you keep on doing these things, you will see that your nails and fingers are badly injured and it will already be difficult to treat.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  3. 3
    Avoid pulling out your cuticles
    .
    If you go for manicure, removing the cuticles is one of the most common things that's done. This is because they say fingers without cuticles look neater and nicer. However, the truth here is that if you keep on doing this on your fingers, you end up not getting protected from dirt and other bacteria. Cuticles are actually there to somewhat ward off these things. Therefore, the likelihood of getting an infection is higher if you keep your fingers without cuticles.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  4. 4
    Stop nailbiting or playing around with the skin around your fingers
    .
    This is a very common tendency when a person is stressed out. Either he bites his fingernails or keeps on pulling the loose skin around the nails that it starts to cause some bleeding. When you're feeling stressed, reach out for the stress ball so that you hands have something else to play around with. Resist the urge to touch your nails. If you keep on biting your nails, you will also notice that your nails will not be growing properly and the direction of the nails will not be right as well.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help

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.

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

Comments

Article Info

Categories : Bones & Muscles | PL Check ORANGE

Recent edits by: Christine dela Cruz, Maria Quinney, Eng

Share this Article: