little one with whitlow on finger tip

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Found 27th Feb 2009
My 4 year old has today started complaining about her finger hurting,on taking a close look the side of the nail skin bit is all white and enlarged it does look sore,I think it is a whitlow,cant get her into see a doctor til next friday is there anything available over the counter that can be used on children this young?

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Just bathe it lots in warm almost hot antiseptic water if theres any infection try and squeeze out the nasty, most antiseptics should help such as dettol or the orange one cant remember what thats called (as long as it doesn't say brush cleaner)

Hot water my sting a little, so you could just try germolene and a plaster, that may draw it out. Depends how far along it is, its basically a small abcess so you need to get the puss out to prevent the infection growing.

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i soak mine is hot water and then they normally let the puss out which relieves the pressure on the side of the finger but water has to be hot

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any of the antiseptics should be ok, if i was you ide nip her to the chemist, most chemists now give better advice than the gp's

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my local chemist doesnt reopen til 2pm but will pop along and get some antiseptic stuff then,will try the hot water too
thanks for the help

how do whitlows come about anyhow???

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shes allergic to sudocream

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any of the antiseptics should be ok, if i was you ide nip her to the … any of the antiseptics should be ok, if i was you ide nip her to the chemist, most chemists now give better advice than the gp's



Good advice :thumbsup: Chemists will also know what will be ok to use if allergies are a problem like the sudocreme

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my local chemist doesnt reopen til 2pm but will pop along and get some … my local chemist doesnt reopen til 2pm but will pop along and get some antiseptic stuff then,will try the hot water toothanks for the helphow do whitlows come about anyhow???


i got mine by biting my nail and pulled the nai too far along to the side and broke the skin which got infected on the side.. taught me to use nail clippers

I put a lot of anbesol ( teething stuff) on some cotton wool and dabbed it on my sons finger so it went numb, then he was a lot less hysterical when I was trying to even look at the whitlow .

Mix soap and sugar together, put on the whicklow, wrap with a plaster.....and Walllah...fixed...trust me works 100% HTH x

As a pharmacist I would say go and buy some magnesium sulphate paste, this stuff will suck out all the puss and infection within 24 hours.

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ended up taking her to the local hospital and they lanced it and wrapped it with a seaweed bandage she was very brave,the nurse commented on how big it was,fingers crossed thats the end of it now
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