Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Finger Pain Home Care

Home care for finger pain may include:

  • Clean wounds thoroughly:
    • Use mild soap and water.
    • Gently dab the wound with hydrogen peroxide to remove clotted blood.
    • Do not scrub the wound.
    • Remove dirt or foreign material from the wound.
    • Running water can help remove dirt.
  • Apply a cold compress:
    • Wrap ice in a moist hand towel. Do not apply ice directly to the skin.
    • Apply for 20-30 minutes, every 1-2 hours, for the first few days.
  • Apply warm compresses for inflammation:
    • Apply for 20-30 minutes, every 1-2 hours.
  • Elevate your hand.
    • Above your heart if possible
  • Apply a finger splint.
    • The splint may help protect the finger.
    • Follow splint care instructions.
  • Acetaminophen for pain
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain
  • Take prescribed medications as directed.

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Finger Pain Pain in Adults

Medications commonly used to control pain and inflammation in adults with finger pain include:

  • Acetaminophen decreases fever and pain, but does not help inflammation.
  • Adult dosing is 2 regular strength (325 mg) every 4 hours or 2 extra-strength (500 mg) every 6 hours.
  • Maximum dose is 4,000 mg per day.
  • Avoid this drug if you have alcoholism, liver disease or an allergy to the drug. See the package instructions.
  • Common brand names include Tylenol, Panadol, and many others.





NSAID Precautions

Finger Pain Pain in Children

Common medications used at home for pain in children with finger pain include:

Aspirin and most of the other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are not used in children except under a doctor's care.

  • Acetaminophen decreases fever and pain, but does not help inflammation.
  • Dosing is 10-15 mg per kilogram (5-7 mg per pound) of body weight every 4-6 hours, up to the adult dose.
  • Do not exceed the maximum daily dose.
  • Acetaminophen products come in various strengths. Always follow the package instructions.
  • Avoid this drug in children with liver disease or an allergy to acetaminophen.
  • Common acetaminophen products include Tylenol, Panadol and many others.



Finger Pain Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have finger pain and any of the following:

  • Laceration of the finger
  • Puncture wound of the finger
  • Injection injury
  • Bruising or swelling
  • Deformity of a nail
  • Finger deformity
  • Inability to fully move the finger
  • Persistent tenderness over the bones
  • Severe finger pain
  • Worsening finger pain
  • Worsening finger swelling
  • Worsening redness and swelling around a wound

If you are placed in a cast or splint, notify your doctor for:
  • Blue skin color
  • Increasing pain
  • Loss of feeling
  • Loss of skin color
  • Loss of finger circulation

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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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