I am writing from an area that was hit by

Patient

Q: I am writing from an area that was hit by earthquake. My cuzin got injured by a brick that fell on her hand. It is now swollen and cannot bear the pain. Can you help me please. What can I do for her. There is no doctor near me.

Doctor

A:   Thank you for writing to us.

If your cousin is able to move her hand, then she does not have a fracture. But I still recommend that you splint the hand. The next thing you can do is to ice the area. Any type of ice is fine. If the ice is from outside, please place it in a bag and then ice the area to reduce the pain and swelling. You can ice for 15 mins every hour.

Also, try to find Paracetamol, Ibuprofen or Aceclofenac. Anything ending with -ofen and -fenac may be a painkiller and can be given at 2 times a day to reduce the pain. When a Doctor is available please see him.

Hope this helps you. All the best.

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