Finger Nail Infection
So you’ve noticed that your nails and cuticles are not in the best of condition, you may have some red puffy fingers, swelling and pain, I know the feeling.
About a month ago, I woke up with my small pinky finger swollen and red, it was about double the normal size. I wasn’t too worried about it, I thought it would clear itself. One evening, the finger got to a point where it was throbbing so much that I had to hold it above my head to stop it from paining.
I decided to take things into my own hands (some pun intended. hee hee), so I soaked my hands in Epsom salts and then did a manicure, not realising that the problem on my finger could spread and infect my other finger as well.
The next day I woke up with three of my fingers red, swollen and sore. I showed my boyfriend my fingers, and I could see the worry on his face. I wasn’t too worried myself, I still thought the infection would go away on its own. He pleaded me to go to a nail place. So I did, mostly just to please him.
When I walked into the salon, and showed them my fingers, they were shocked, and even looked worried, this was the first warning sign for me. I then realised that this might be serious, so I decided to go to the doctor.
Went to the doctor, when the doctor saw my hands, he made it very obvious that this was a serious problem. He said that this type of infection, does not just go away on its own and commonly will re-occur. At this point I was quite worried. The doctor gave me two types of antibiotics, the one antibiotic to take every day for five days, and the other antibiotic, I had to take one once a week for four weeks. The first week while I was taking antibiotics, the infection seemed to stay the same, although the throbbing had stopped. I was starting to think that antibiotics were not working but on the last day of my daily antibiotics, one of my fingers started to clear. I was really happy to see this.
At the moment I still have two weeks left of antibiotics and my fingers look much better the redness is almost completely gone swelling is almost completely down, and I have no pain at all. The only issue I do have at the moment, is that my cuticle seems to have pulled away from my nail. I’m hoping that this will go back to normal soon.
So the reason why I am writing this, is to let everybody out they know that if you start to see this type of infection, that you immediately get help, so that the infection has no time to spread and do more harm. I hope that this will help somebody out there.
So just a recap of symptoms of this type of nail infection
• Pus from under the cuticle.
• A hot feeling.
Symptoms a month into the infection
• Nail started lifting.
• Swelling goes down.
• Nail is separated from cuticle.
• No pain.
Will update this information with images and progress after another two weeks.
Treatment that I was advised
• Do not use any nail products during the infection.
• Do not use a nail file that has touched your infected finger, or any other nail products for that matter.
• Try to prevent injury.
• Keep hand as clean as possible at all times.
• Keep your hands out of your mouth.
• Use an antibiotic. Do not try to delay treatment.
The cause of this type of infection?
Mine was due to harsh treatment. I used to do my own acrylic nails, and would file my cuticle, this caused damage and an entryway for bad bacteria. There are other causes of this type of infection too namely:
Persons who have diabetes also psoriasis, or even a weakened immune system are more likely to get this kind of Infection. The overuse of artificial nails, such as in my case and any nail damage can cause an infection. Nail biting is also commonly connected to this kind of problem.
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