Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the superficial and deep layers of the skin. In the fingertip, this is known as a felon. It is often caused by a small injury to the end of the finger which can make it painful and swell up. Read more about this infection and how to treat it.
Symptoms of a finger felon
- Symptoms of a Felon or fingertip infection include throbbing pain at the end of the finger.
- Felons most commonly occur in the thumb or index finger.
- There may be swelling, inflammation and redness over the end of the finger.
Felons sometimes occur after a minor injury to the fingertip, such as a splinter or small puncture wound. Fingertip blood glucose testing has been implicated as a cause of fingertip infections. They may also happen with no clear cause.
Treatment for cellulitis (finger felon)
- If you suspect a felon or cellulitis of the finger then seek medical attention or visit a doctor as soon as possible.
- If an infection is diagnosed then the Doctor will prescribe antibiotic medication to clear the infection.
- In most cases, this is all the treatment which is required and the infection will clear by the end of the course.
- In severe cases, where the blood flow may be compromised, decompression may be required.
- This involves a small incision in the fingertip so that fluid can be drained and so pressure released and is done under a local anaesthetic injection.