Paronychia use bandage

Use this bandage if you have a cut that’s deeper than the size of a nickel, such as a cut in your finger.

Use a gauze pad or a cotton cloth to cover the cut so it doesn’t get wet.

If your cut is on your hand, use a bandage to cover it.

Use a bandage to cover the cut on your finger.

When to see a doctor?

See your doctor if you have a cut that’s painful, and it won’t stop bleeding.

Seek emergency medical attention if you can’t stop bleeding after using your fingers to cut food.

You should also seek emergency care if your cut is very deep or if it’s bleeding into your sinuses.

Other symptoms of a cut on your finger include:

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Numbness
  • Pain in your finger

What is phimosis?

Phimosis is a condition that causes your foreskin to pull back over your head.

Phimosis is more common in boys. It can also be an adult condition.

What causes phimosis?

Phimosis can be caused by:

  • An injury to your penis that causes swelling
  • A problem with your foreskin that causes it to pull back over your head
  • A medical condition, such as diabetes

Who is at risk for phimosis?

You’re at an increased risk for phimosis if:

  • You have a foreskin that’s pulled back over your penis.
  • Your penis has a foreskin that’s thick and rough.
  • You have diabetes.
  • Your foreskin has been cut or ripped.
  • Your foreskin has been infected.

How is phimosis diagnosed?

Your doctor will ask you about your symptoms. They may also use a glans exam to check for any problems with your foreskin.

You may also be given a urine test or a swab of your penis to check for bacteria.

Your doctor will also perform a physical exam to check for any abnormalities on your penis.

How is phimosis treated?

Your doctor may treat phimosis with:

  • Steroid injections.
  • Surgical removal of the foreskin.
  • A penile prosthesis.
  • A skin graft.

Does phimosis go away?

Phimosis usually goes away on its own. It may not go away completely, but it should go away after a couple of weeks.

Your doctor may advise you to wear a foreskin retainer for a few weeks to prevent your foreskin from pulling back over your head again.

What’s the outlook for phimosis?

Phimosis usually goes away on its own. You may be able to prevent it from returning by using a foreskin retainer for a few weeks.

If you have phimosis and it doesn’t go away, talk with your doctor. They may recommend surgical treatment.

A skin graft may also be used to repair the foreskin.

If your phimosis is caused by an injury, you may be able to prevent it from happening again with a different injury.

What is a cut on your finger?

A cut on your finger is a break or tear in one of the layers of skin on your fingers.

It can be caused by:

  • A hard blow to your hand.
  • A hard cut with a sharp object.
  • A cut in your finger that happens when you’re playing sports or working at a desk.

Causes of a cut on your finger

The most common causes of a cut on your finger include:

  • Playing a sports or game that involves a hard blow to the hand or fingers.
  • Playing a sport or game that involves you being struck on the hand or fingers.
  • Being struck down with a heavy object.
  • Playing a musical instrument that has a sharp or heavy string or bar.

You may also have a cut on your finger if you:

  • Cut food with a dull knife.

Eat something that doesn’t get properly cleaned, cut, or torn.

  • Cut food with a sharp piece of utensil.
  • Cut food on the way to the table.
  • Cut a finger with a dull knife.

Symptoms of a cut on your finger

There are several symptoms of a cut on your finger. You may experience:

  • Pain.
  • Discomfort.
  • Sensation of cold or redness.
  • Discharge.
  • A red ring or bump around the wound.
  • An open sore that’s red and swollen.
  • A wound that won’t stop bleeding.

Types of cut on your finger

There are several types of cut on your finger.

A cut on your finger may be classified as a:

  • Bump.
  • Cut.
  • Cracked.
  • Puncture.
  • Open.

A cut on your finger may also be classified as a:

  • Closed.
  • Uneven.
  • Irregular.
  • Slipped.
  • Transparent.
  • Ruptured.
  • Penetrating.

Diagnosing a cut on your finger

Your doctor will diagnose your cut on your finger by checking:

  • The wound.
  • The depth of the wound.
  • The surrounding skin.

They may also check for:

  • A bacterial infection.
  • An underlying cause.
  • A medical condition.

Treating a cut on your finger

Treating a cut on your finger depends on its cause.

Treating a cut on your finger that’s caused by a hard blow to your hand or fingers. This may involve:

  • Anesthetic cream.
  • Steroid injections or ointments.
  • Steroid creams.
  • Steroid injections into the wound.
  • Steroid injections into the muscle tissue.
  • Physical therapy.
  • Medication.
  • A splint or cast.
  • A wrap.
  • Surgery.

Treating a cut on your finger that’s due to a sharp object or injury to the fingers or hand. This may involve:

  • Steroid injections into the wound or into the muscle tissue.
  • Physical therapy to help you regain strength and flexibility.

Takeaway

To reduce the risk of getting a cut on your fingers, wear gloves when you work.

Cutting with your fingers is the safest way to cut food. The risk of getting a cut on your fingers from working with sharp or pointed implements is very low.

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