Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Pain in the Finger 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

Continue to Pain in the Finger Underlying Cause

Last Updated: Nov 6, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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