Patient :I had a deep laceration on the middle finger on my left hand in the last week of February. Took 7 stitches. It is currently still swollen, showing redness, not painful unless pressed on quite firmly, and a little numb still. Is this normal?
Symptoms: Redness, a small amount of pain when firmly pressed, swelling, numb areas (moreso in middle of laceration)
Thanks for your query, albeit short and specific and the clear picture.
Noted the history of stitched deep laceration - left middle finger - last week if Feb - still swollen, red, little numb and tender
This is not normal.
The probable causes are:
- Most dependent position of this area. Most of the times this is the lowest part of the upper limb that is hanging far below the heart level, hence the ''dependent edema'' as we call.
- Lymphatics too do not get channelized properly as they are the minutest in this area.
- Being the middle finger it is always used in some or the other activity, hence always under pressure or touch, fondled inadvertently.
- Numbness too has the similar reason as the nerve endings do not get end to end attachment and the part which has less nerve connection will appear to be numb.
- Redness is the result of all the factors noted above. And obviously may be fondling inadvertently adds on to the situation is it in.
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