Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Cut on the Finger Overview

Another name for Cut on the Finger is Finger Laceration.

What is a finger laceration?
A person with a laceration has a cut, or tear, in the skin, caused by an injury. Lacerations may also involve structures that lie beneath the skin, such as muscles, tendons, blood vessels, and nerves. When the doctor evaluates a finger laceration, it will be important to determine if the laceration penetrates a joint, or has injured a nerve or tendon in the finger.

What are the symptoms of a finger laceration?
The symptoms of a laceration include pain, bleeding, swelling, and bruising to the skin. Worsening redness, swelling, and tenderness around a laceration are signs of a skin infection, called cellulitis.

How does the doctor treat a finger laceration?
In the majority of cases, the treatment for a laceration includes wound irrigation, wound cleansing, and laceration repair. Additional treatment for lacerations may include a tetanus vaccine, antibiotics, and pain medications.

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