Help with fingernail injury
July 6, 2014 8:03 PM Subscribe
Last week I was trying to open a box and got a piece of plastic strapping jammed under my thumbnail. I think it may be infected now and there's some painful flesh sticking out the side.
posted by photoexplorer to Health & Fitness (13 answers total)
The plastic went about halfway up at the corner of my nail and out the side. About 1/5 or less of the nail was probably detached. It hurt a bit at the time, but I wasn't too concerned especially since it was mostly at the edge of my nail and nothing was stuck in there. A day later and it was starting to hurt again and there was now a small abcess sticking out the side. I am not sure if this is part of my cuticle but it is really painful and I can see a small blood vessel in it. It's really small but after 3 days it is not healing. The side of my thumb is red and I am assuming there is some infection under the nail although nothing comes out if I squeeze the area. I have been keeping it in a bandaid with antibiotic ointment and also rinsing it with really hot water a few times a day. Anything else I can do to treat it? I might have to get it checked out at the doctor but I don't want to take antibiotics if I can avoid it because I am 5 months pregnant and I always end up with other side effects from antibiotics. Help, it hurts!