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Felon Overview

What is a felon?
A person with a felon has an infection of the fingertip that forms a collection of pus, called an abscess. Felons are caused by bacteria that normally live on the surface of the skin. An injury may allow the bacteria to enter the tissue beneath the skin. The bacteria start to grow and an abscess forms in the fingertip.

What are the symptoms of a felon?
Symptoms of a felon include finger pain, fingertip swelling, fingertip redness and tenderness.

How does the doctor treat a felon?
Treatment for a felon includes antibiotics, pain medications, and in some cases, incision and drainage.

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Last Updated: Feb 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Felon References
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