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    Hey Doc

    Got any home remedies?

    Sliver attack the other day, and evidently I didn't get all of this one out. Now an infection has set in and I'm too stubborn as well as poor & uninsured to go to the doctors office. I'm figuring it's not an allergic reaction as the middle fingertip received the sliver first{see photo} before it continued into my ring finger, and there seems to be no problem with healing there. Open to all suggestions other than amputation

    Walnut culprit if it matters...

    Thanks in advance!Click image for larger version. 

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    got the same problem ken, only mine is autumun olive thorn.. i am gonna cut it out with exacto knife and then use bag balm to help heal it back up.. sometimes you can just open it up so the balm can draw it out on its own..
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    Yeah Larry I'm about at that point of self-surgery, just don't have any clue as to where it's at for sure...guess I'll have to man up and open it more than it is
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    Been there , and done that. Wood is diffenatly infectious and all of it has to come out. If you don't get it out the infection will only get worse and spread and then you will have real problems. At least it doesn't hurt as much digging around in an infected area. If you can't get it out and wait long enough the cost will blow your mind and if gang green sets in, amputation will not be out of the question.

    If you can't get it out bite, the bullet and go.

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    Thanks Tom, that's where my stubbornness kicks in...hate to think about the worse case, but will succumb hopefully before it's too late
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    Ken, this is not a matter of being poor and/or stubborn. If you don't get it out right now whether self surgery or a visit to the doc, it is bordering on candidacy for a Darwin award. How much is your finger worth? Not to mention the rest of your life? Seriously, not kidding. Get it taken care of pronto. This is one of those things that can go a whole lot further south faster than you can imagine.

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    Being right on the joint could further complicate matters. If it was just a slight sliver in the flesh & accessible with a good set of tweezers or sharp blade, I would recommend "go for it" & use a triple-antibiotic initially, and then afterwards Bag Balm as Larry recommended above (really good stuff for the skin). However, since it's on the joint I think you should see a doctor to get it taken care of. If it should get infected & affect the bone in the joint, the infection can spread via the bone marrow throughout the body. Don't mess with it yourself. The doc will no doubt prescribe an antibiotic, perhaps Amoxicillin (???)
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    I would do the self surgery. DO NOT - blow compressed air in the open wound.

    After that a VERY thorough wash with water only. Pat dry - paper towel - gauze - anything clean.

    After that one day on and one day off, with a bandaid and an anti bacterial, antiseptic ointment, store brand is OK (very inexpensive).

    I do one day on and one day off, because it needs to get air and dry as well as to get the ointment.

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    I just had a one similar. Thought I got it out he first time then found out it was deeper then I thought and it healed over the initial point of entry. Had to do self surgery after it was open and i got the thing out I used neosporen (sp?) and a band aid all better after a few days.
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