Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Cellulitis Fingertip Treatment

Treatment for a felon usually includes antibiotics and pain medications. In some cases, an incision and drainage procedure may be required.

Treatment for a felon includes:

Incision and drainage:
  • The skin is sterilized using rubbing alcohol or an antibacterial soap.
  • A local anesthetic is injected into the base of the finger to numb the fingertip.
  • An incision is made with a scalpel into the felon.
  • Pus is drained from the abscess.
  • The abscess cavity is flushed clean.
  • In some cases, a rubber drain or a strip of sterile gauze is packed inside the abscess cavity.
  • The gauze or drain placed inside the abscess cavity is usually removed 24-36 hours later.

Cellulitis Fingertip Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat felons:

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Last Updated: Dec 13, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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