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iamtinkabella Mon 02-Sep-19 14:22:16

the tip of my middle finger is swollen and feels that tight it feels like its going to burst. its throbbing and quite painful but no sign of a cut etc? its kind of going purple! any ideas on what it is and what i can do about it?

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GrandmaSharksDentures Mon 02-Sep-19 14:35:55

Could you have an infection at the side of the nail?
Could there be a hair wrapped around the finger?

What temperature (compared to the other fingers) is the top of the finger?

iamtinkabella Mon 02-Sep-19 17:04:57

@GrandmaSharksDentures im not too sure. possibly an infection but i sont think i have a hair trapped? its going purple still and really hurting like throbbing. i dont know the temp of it x

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Ohyesiam Mon 02-Sep-19 17:11:31

The signs of infection are pain,heat swelling &redness.
Sounds like it could’ve a whitlow.
Put it i n hot water for 20 minutes, it will soften it and might relieve the pain.

iamtinkabella Mon 02-Sep-19 18:41:40

@Ohyesiam yeh my finger feels roasting. im not usually worried about stuff like this but i dont feel right x

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Ohyesiam Mon 02-Sep-19 20:33:05

Get it seen to by a medic.
Best of luck x

HappyHammy Mon 02-Sep-19 20:37:44

Have you been able to see a doctor yet. Hope you feel better.

iamtinkabella Mon 02-Sep-19 20:38:41

i didnt feel like i needed to go the doctors but now i feel really really unwell. I feel like im duing (no exageration) x

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Solihooley Mon 02-Sep-19 20:41:48

Sounds like it could be achenbach syndrome? I get it from time to time, a burst blood vessel in finger. I’ve had it today actually so I’ve been googling and then this thread popped up ! Funny that. My Finger swells and is painful and bruises. As far as I can tell it’s nothing much to worry about.

KaleidoscopeEyes Mon 02-Sep-19 20:42:48

You feel like you're dying??? Go to A&E then confused

Solihooley Mon 02-Sep-19 20:42:50

Oh, if you feel unwell with it then definitely see a doctor as it sounds more like infection. Hope you’re ok op.

iamtinkabella Mon 02-Sep-19 21:35:01

@KaleidoscopeEyes OBVIOUSLY i was being dramatic with the 'i feel like im dying' so do one with the snarling emoji thank you. Not in the mood for comments like yours when i do feel bloody unwell. Why comment if your not going to be nice? confused Honest to god bore off

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iamtinkabella Mon 02-Sep-19 21:36:55

@Solihooley what is that? never even heard of that! im baffled
how my finger being swollen can make me feel so poorly! ha! Took some paracetamol which has lowered my temp for the time being. Will book a GP app in the morning if im still feeling so poorly x

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Griefmonster Mon 02-Sep-19 21:39:28

Call NHS and get medical advice tonight.

BrokenWing Mon 02-Sep-19 21:47:53

A&E is actually not a bad shout if you believe your finger and feeling really poorly are related, it could be you have a nasty infection (and it is a confused emoji not snarling)

MrsKCastle Mon 02-Sep-19 21:54:09

Call 111. It certainly sounds as though the finger is infected and it's slightly worrying that you're feeling so poorly...

Solihooley Mon 02-Sep-19 21:57:14

It’s a fancy and slightly scary sounding name but it’s just a burst blood vessel and bruising in your fingers for no apparent reason, or it can be caused by a slight injury. I’m not saying that’s what yours is but it sounds like it could be a burst blood vessel especially if it’s turning purple. It also feels like your finger might burst with pressure. I was freaked out when I first got it as you can’t believe your finger could go purple for no reason! If it is that, it will go down overnight and get less painful. If it’s still awful in the morning I’d definitely see a doctor.

steppemum Mon 02-Sep-19 22:07:19

please call and get medical advice.
Infections can lead to sepsis.
The finger may be small, and you may think that it is 'only' a red finger, but the fact that you are feeling really rough is a really bad sign.

KaleidoscopeEyes wasn't being over dramatic, if you feel really rough and have an infection, medical help is URGENT

Lougle Mon 02-Sep-19 22:25:20

It's hard to tell if you feel very unwell or not, but if you feel very unwell, you need to call 111 tonight. Even the tiniest scratch can lead to sepsis. Sepsis isn't an infection, it's an overwhelming immune response to infection, so the initial infection can be extremely minor.

iamtinkabella Mon 02-Sep-19 22:25:40

@steppemum i know they wernt being dramatic. I just felt like they where taking the piss out of me..excuse the language.

I still feel really poorly, but im on my own with my baby (single mum) and i wouldn't have anybody to look after her if i needed to go to A&E right now. I am worried, but i feel slightly better because my temp isnt as high. I just feel lethargic and dizzy.

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iamtinkabella Mon 02-Sep-19 22:27:42

@Lougle Thank you for being concerned. I think i will be pk until the morning atleast. I really dont feel good but i dont feel unwell enough at the moment for hospital treatment. If that makes sense?

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iamtinkabella Mon 02-Sep-19 22:28:01

@Lougle ok*

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HappyHammy Mon 02-Sep-19 22:30:42

if you feel unwell, sick, lethargic, dizzy and your finger is turning purple then I really think you need medical advice, why don't you ring 111 and see what they suggest. if you're not well then how can you look after yourself and your baby. What was your temperature before you took paracetomol? this could be an acute infection that really needs treatment. Take care.

Lougle Mon 02-Sep-19 22:31:20

Lethargic and dizzy is not reassuring, especially if you have a fever (whether controlled by medication or not). If you phone 111, they'll reassure you if you don't need to see anyone. They'll also tell you if you do need to.

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