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Anyone know what this is..?

(8 Posts)
Helium Sat 27-Jun-09 20:22:54


I have a small swelling on my finger thats pinky-red. Its next to my nail (but not right next to it iyswim) and feels a bit hot and painful.

What is it and how do I get rid of it?!?!

IDidntRaiseAThief Sat 27-Jun-09 20:28:53

it's an infection. there is some cream you can put on it, can't think what's it's called, but its some sort of sulphate ( magnesium?) which will draw it out.

i had this once, just after having dd, and it was one of the only things my hv could giveme good advice about!

onegiantleap Sat 27-Jun-09 20:33:54

could be a whitlow, try googling

catinthehat2 Sat 27-Jun-09 20:36:36

If I was my mum, I would make you put your finger in a bowl of (very )hot water until you got fed up. Sometinmes this let the pus out, sometimes jsut relieved the swelling.

jetcat32 Sat 27-Jun-09 22:06:05

i had this once, and boy did it hurt!! It was an infection, and i ended up with antibiotics for a week.

The cream IDRAT is talking about is magnesium sulphate - a 'drawing out' paste. My pharmacist also recommends epsom salts if he doesnt have the paste, as that also contains the magnesium. I didnt try this with mine to be honest, as i didnt think of it blush

Hot salty water is also good.

Hope it gets sorted soon!

jkklpu Sat 27-Jun-09 22:09:29

If there's any chance it's related to the nail, eg an ingrowing nail or an infection caused by a little part of nail being torn, try soaking the finger in a mug of as hot waster as you can bear (without scalding) mixed with a bit of salt. If you do that for 5-10 mins, the skin will be less taut and sore and it might even draw out the pus if there's a hole. This can often prevent ingrowing toenails.

jetcat32 Sun 28-Jun-09 00:01:44

mine was caused by a little piece of the skin right next to my fingernail being torn, sounds similar to where yours is op?

I remember when i was pregnant, and had a really bad ingrown big toe nail, as they wouldnt remove it while i was pregnant - i seemed to spend 6 months with my foot in a dish of hot salty water!! Did the trick though, really reduced the infections!

Helium Sun 28-Jun-09 21:59:05

Thanks everyone - good news is today after swimming it started to weep - I gave it a little squeeze and out burst a load of greeny pus - VILE but very satisfying!!! (Seems like chlorine could be the answer in treating these things!!)
Just wanted to say thanks for your advice!!

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