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whitlow immediate treatment

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 27, 2006
  • 08:41 PM

hello. i have a whitlow on my thumb and i've read the correct treatment is to get a dr to lance it / antibiotics. however it'll b tomorrow at the earliest until i can go... and i'm in pain now! (not to mention unable to use my r hand for most tasks).
what caN i do for it (i am obviously most interested in stoopping the pain).
i've treid both paracetamol and ibuprofren and neither has made much of an effecft.


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  • well.. most of the pain is gone now. apparently paracetamol and ibuprofen are the 'best' treatment.. although i didn't find either of them made much difference.once it started weeping (~18hrs) then the pain dropped off significantly and now only hurts when touched. i'd say giving it a gentle poke once it starts weeping puss probably helps on the pain front.meh.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 28, 2006
    • 05:12 PM
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  • For minor whitlow warm soaks several times a day might be helpful, it helps to increase blood flow. However, antibiotic is usually needed to clear up an infection. And here you can read about different pain meds: http://www.price-rx.com/compare-drugs/pain-meds.shtml
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 29, 2006
    • 02:02 PM
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