How To Deal With Pain And Swelling After Nail Removal Surgery?

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Dear. Doctor r n r nDok, my husband pulled out his thumb nail because of the infection, but how come the injection was swollen and painful to the head … why is it? It’s almost 7 months … please for information, what kind of drugs can be consumed?

1 Answer:

Hi Dee,

Thank you for asking

It needs to be clarified, have the pain, swelling, and headaches occurred continuously since the nail removal operation was performed? Does your husband also have a fever or other complaints?

Nail removal surgery can be an alternative treatment for infections of the fingers and nails, for example because of paronychia (cantengan). With this operation, the residual debris of the infection can be cleaned, then the nail that was the source of the infection will be removed. Furthermore, depending on the condition of the remaining nail matrix, these nails may or may not grow back.

Swelling and pain in a finger that has previously had nail removal surgery is most likely a sign of an infection. This infection can occur due to many factors, such as a wound on the finger that is not properly cared for, a nail that grows into the skin, and so on. Not only that, the complaints can be severe enough to cause the sufferer to also experience fever and pain to the head.

Apart from infection, swelling and pain in your husband's finger can also occur due to gout arthritis (inflammation due to the buildup of uric acid), rheumatoid arthritis (rheumatism), injury to the fingers (for example those that cause fractures or joint dislocations), tumors, and so on.

It is also possible that the pain in your husband's head actually arises due to other factors, such as migraines, tension headaches, viral or bacterial infections, hypertension, or some other cause that is not always directly related to the interference with his fingers.

Our advice is to get your husband checked directly to the doctor. Infections that occur for a long time and do not get adequate treatment can spread to other tissues around the finger, or even to other organs that are far away. It could also, this condition results in disruption of your husband's daily activities. Maybe, not only a physical examination, the doctor will also perform other supporting tests, for example X-rays, ultrasound, blood tests, and so on.

In the meantime, you can first do the following:

Compress the swollen and sore fingers with warm water. Rest the hands or feet with painful fingers, elevate the position so that the swelling is reduced. Take paracetamol if the pain is severe. Do not massage swollen fingers carelessly. Take care of personal hygiene, especially your fingers.

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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