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Pain in the Finger Overview

Another name for Pain in the Finger is Finger Pain.

What is finger pain?
A person with finger pain has discomfort or tenderness in the fingers or thumb. Finger pain may be caused by a finger injury, inflammation or infection. Common finger infections include cellulitis, felon, paronychia, and finger tenosynovitis.

What are the symptoms of finger pain?
Symptoms that occur with finger pain may include finger deformity, finger joint swelling, finger tenderness, finger swelling, poor circulation to finger, inability to move the finger normally, and numbness and tingling. Other symptoms include skin redness and hand swelling.

How does the doctor treat finger pain?
The treatment for finger pain depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for finger pain may include cold compresses, warm compresses, elevation, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Other treatments include splinting, antibiotics, and surgery.

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Last Updated: Sep 11, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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