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    OK folks, minor medical advice needed please!

    I managed to slice the end of a finger open with a very sharp knife yesterday whilst chopping shallots (and missing them). It bled. A lot, and I had to make a botched dressing. Several of them actually, as the bleeding continued overnight. I didn't sleep well at all last night due to the pain so this morning I had a close look at the cut and realised I could see the inside of my finger (tiny fat cells and the like). The cut is only 1cm long but quite deep. I put a butterfly stitch across it and re-dressed it and it has hurt a lot less today since I used the stitch. I do NOT want to waste hospital time by going to get it looked at. It's a very minor injury and does not need hospital attention.

    The question is - have I done the right thing or is there something else I should be doing?

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    GP in the morning?

    Has it stopped bleeding now? Triage nurse at hospital will dress it properly for you without much of a wait, doubt you'd need to see a doctor. That or just go to your own gp, I'd imagine a nurse will just dress it properly for you. You might not need hospital now but you're just being silly if you can't stop the bleeding yourself and turning a minor injury into something more serious by dealing with it yourself. Hope it's stopped anyway.

    best get it checked by your Gp they'll advice you of what to do...If you need a bandage or stiches and injection might be needed because of the metal ok

    Yyy it's not minor if you can see middle of finger. You should go and have it checked. Tetanus injection can be also suggested if last one done more than 15 years ago.

    To be safe would see the GP but if you are young and a plaster holds it together should heal quickly . As a fellow "hamfister" have done similar many times oO

    walk nhs in clinic ?

    depends where you are, there are a few
    worse case call 111 and ask them
    Id pop to an and e and get it redressed properly
    have you had a recent tetanus jab (past 10 years ?)
    might need anti biotics too so best to get it checked

    I've done this a few times as I have very sharp knives and very poor knife skills . I've found it usually starts healing up after two or three days. So long as you keep it clean and dry it should be fine but if it looks red and inflamed then it may be infected. Whatever you do, don't cut any chillies until it is healed

    Hi to Doctors....that's shallot.

    If there is a minor injuries centre within your local hospital (Use Google), that is exactly the place you should go to.

    There's also the option of a minor injuries unit. The big thing is preventing an infection; keeping it clean is important, having it properly dressed will help with that.

    Trollforsure

    Who needs the NHS when we have so many armchair experts on here??!



    Or some of us may work in the NHS (Or in my case, study) and also use HUKD ?
    TrollForSure.

    EDIT: His post went poof.
    Edited by: "Firefly1" 29th Dec 2016

    Original Poster

    Thanks so much to everyone who has replied and offered advice.

    Yes, it stopped bleeding this afternoon (I think). If it hasn't, it hasn't bled through the current dressing but admittedly I did put quite a thick piece of gauze under the plaster as padding!

    I'm not comfortable about going to a minor injuries unit for such a stupid and very minor cut. I actually don't live near a minor injuries unit and the closest one isn't on a bus route (I don't drive).

    I could go and see my GP but I doubt they'd do anything about it to be honest!
    Edited by: "squiff" 29th Dec 2016

    It's of no use to you now. But, you can buy a product called hemostop. It's always handy to have some in a medicine cabinet, it stops bleeding unbelievably quickly. I used to suffer from nose bleeds and this stuff was fantastic for that, great for kitchen mishaps, too.

    Think in the U.K. It would be something more like nexcare by 3M.
    Edited by: "poochieparker9" 29th Dec 2016

    Don't remove the dressings just keep applying clean Ines on top and keep your hand elevated. But you need to go to hospital as if might need stitches. I'm a nurse btw not some random person

    The fact your saying you don't implies your either scared to go to hospital but it's pretty likely you'll just need either temp stitches or just steristrips

    Original Poster

    vocare88

    Don't remove the dressings just keep applying clean Ines on top and keep … Don't remove the dressings just keep applying clean Ines on top and keep your hand elevated. But you need to go to hospital as if might need stitches. I'm a nurse btw not some random person The fact your saying you don't implies your either scared to go to hospital but it's pretty likely you'll just need either temp stitches or just steristrips



    Thank you for your advice. I used one butterfly stitch (the same as these) - is this sufficient for now?

    Take a pic of it

    Original Poster

    benjammin316

    Take a pic of it



    I have a dressing on it at the moment, plus to take a pic of the extent of the cut, I'd have to take the butterfly stitch off, which defeats the object.

    squiff

    I have a dressing on it at the moment, plus to take a pic of the extent … I have a dressing on it at the moment, plus to take a pic of the extent of the cut, I'd have to take the butterfly stitch off, which defeats the object.




    You're no fun.

    benjammin316

    You're no fun.



    Agreed. Pics or it didn't happen

    Hope you sleep better tonight anyway!

    squiff

    Thanks so much to everyone who has replied and offered advice. Yes, it … Thanks so much to everyone who has replied and offered advice. Yes, it stopped bleeding this afternoon (I think). If it hasn't, it hasn't bled through the current dressing but admittedly I did put quite a thick piece of gauze under the plaster as padding! I'm not comfortable about going to a minor injuries unit for such a stupid and very minor cut. I actually don't live near a minor injuries unit and the closest one isn't on a bus route (I don't drive). I could go and see my GP but I doubt they'd do anything about it to be honest!



    I can't quite work out why you don't go to either minor injuries unit, GP or A&E?

    It's really admirable that you say you don't want to waste their time but sounds like something that may need a stitch or 2 if it's been bleeding for so long.

    I broke my thumb recently on a Saturday night but didn't fancy going to A&E to be surrounded by abusive drunks for hours when I knew what was wrong. Just needed an X Ray and treatment.

    Went down on the Sunday when I didn't think it would be busy. Was in and out in under 3 hours and told I may get a phone call in the morning once the consultants had assessed it. Was phoned the next morning and in surgery by 2 and on way home by 6 after having surgery under general anaesthetic.

    Excellent service - not so excellent anecdote!

    Bottom line is if that much blood and pain you really need it looked at. Hope you get it sorted

    Original Poster

    Here you go then! I'll take a photo of the cut when I take the dressing off. You ok with that? PS. the dressing is grubby as I've been cleaning all day so it'll be changed in the morning.

    (Original photo deleted as it was too big)

    EDIT:

    Decided to put a clean dressing on tonight. Here's a pic. The butterfly stitch appears to have done its job. The white bit in the middle are the 'fat cells' I was talking about but the cut was far more open this morning and they were much more visible. Just looks like a normal cut in this pic.

    http://i64.tinypic.com/2j4sdc5.jpg





    Edited by: "squiff" 29th Dec 2016

    if u don't get it stitched you will lose feeling in end of your finger, that's what I was told after slicing my finger open on corned beef tin.

    Original Poster

    bevers03

    if u don't get it stitched you will lose feeling in end of your finger, … if u don't get it stitched you will lose feeling in end of your finger, that's what I was told after slicing my finger open on corned beef tin.



    Ouch! oO

    Go see GP/ae/minor injuries etc if you're concerned, yeah chances are you'll most certainly be fine providing you keep it clean and the bleeding stops but if you've damaged any nerves etc you could potentially lose feeling in that finger. Probably best get it checked out imo.

    Looks to be healing nicely tbh but I'm not a doctor.

    When my Daughter cut her finger, I took her to the local pharmacy. There they let me purchase the bandages, stitches etc and then the pharmacist dressed it for her there and then and it has healed great. If you have a local pharmacy, give them a call before you set off if you don't drive and ask them if they offer this service. Good Luck!

    That looks to be healing up ok . I think you've done just fine . If it were me I'd just let it heal by itself so long as it isn't infected . Typing won't be fun though

    Banned

    asking for advice on something like that here is a joke (at less 5 of them already)

    you wont lost feeling in it unless its stitched up, (if you ware going to lose feeling it in you would of already, since you lose feeling from cutting the nerves to and area *why its worst when you cant feel anything, on of the rare quotes tv gets right*) .. so since you still having feeling in it its fine, with that re guard, with healing things GET BETTER not worst (really where do some of these people get they ideas for advise?)

    unless the knife you cut your elf with was rusted you dont need a tetanus injection as that is from rust, and i doubt highly that is the case, who cut up sallets with a rust knief?

    you dont really need to cover it either now that it is stopped bleeding, infact wounds heal better when they leaved open to the air (ofc if your going to be doing anything where it might open up again then bandage it, if not let it heal)

    so therefor your right in not wasting gps / nhs time (unless it gets worst by getting infected) *witch i highly doubt it a minor surface wound at best*

    now im not a doctor, nor am i even liked by hukd *tho hopefully the mod that check this for approval seess im posst it to help you, nothing ele and let it go*, but i have been a someone who has self harmed them self for years, and even treated some of the worst wounds self stiching ect, so i know what im talking about a lot more than 90% of those here

    Original Poster

    Thanks to everyone who has replied! The cut is still healing but the end of my finger is quite numb and slightly tingly, like pins and needles. I am hoping this is a good sign!

    Edited by: "squiff" 4th Jan

    squiff

    Thanks to everyone who has replied! The cut is still healing but the end … Thanks to everyone who has replied! The cut is still healing but the end of my finger is quite numb and slightly tingly, like pins and needles. I am hoping this is a good sign!



    Pins and needles = lack of blood supply to that area, Usually temporary but could be circulation issue.
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