Infections that linger long-term: is it possible?

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Sera Smiles
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   Posted 2/15/2009 2:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone- I have some kind of infection in a fingertip, just to the right of the nail bed, that does not want to heal. I guess its been hanging around for about 6-7 weeks. I had it opened a little for it to finally drain and heal, but - how do I say this- it feels as tho the skin has partially healed over the spot but not deep into the finger where it needs to heal. The area on my finger is red, very sore and from time to time will 'open' slightly but it doesn't want to heal down deep. It almost looks like I am losing tissue around the nail bed. Can infection be systemic, cause low grade fever and from time to time manifest in a vulnerable spot but not be a major threat? Any thoughts on 1. how to heal the finger and 2. systemic infection? Thanks!
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   Posted 2/15/2009 6:52 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi...I'd see a doc if I were you, and if you already have, go back and tell him it isn't healing properly.  You don't want to subject yourself to MRSA, staph, or  some other systemic infection that can get in through the opening. You might need an antibiotic, especially if you have a fever.

Hope you feel better




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   Posted 2/15/2009 9:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey sweetie, you need to see a doctor. It could also be skin cancer. You need to get it checked out. I don't want to frighten you, but that happened to me at the bend of my arm and it turned out to be skin cancer. I had it removed and have not had any trouble since. The area would not heal properly and sometimes would just spontaneously bleed. Get it checked out quickly, ok??

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   Posted 2/16/2009 12:10 AM (GMT -7)   
In this cold climate with electric heat, and since I'm around old folks, in and out of hospitals, my hands and fingers crack, spontaneously. I use polysporin on them three times a day, and try to keep hand cream beside every sink and in my purse. I have three of these hard to heal openings on my right hand, I am right handed. I don't know exactly where they came from but they are slow to heal as they are constantly exposed to soap, water, dry heat and cold. Sometimes, I wear cotton gloves over well moisturized hands at bedtime. Good luck.

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