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Old 07-08-2010, 10:25 AM   #1
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Burn on thumb is infected

I have had a burn on my thumb for about 7 or 8 months now. We had an old malfunctioning gas stove that I had to hand light with a lighter every time I cooked and kept burning my thumb in the same spot It had gotten infected but I'd never punctured it so it could drain. It became sore and red and had a white head on the end of my thumb. I finally got a sewing needle sterilized it in alcohol and popped it the other night. It must have been a pretty deep burn because I've never seen so much pus come out of anything. It drained, I soaked it in salt water and squeezed more out to try to make sure all the infection was out. My husband says there is probably a cavity in my thumb that allowed that to stay infected and pus filled for so long and will take a while to heal.
It is looking red today and a little sore, it was starting to look a lot better when I had the neosporin and covering it with a bandaid but It looked like it was healing so I quit with the neosporin and didn't put a bandaid back on it now its turning red and sore again. I opened it back up where I punctured it and more pus came out, nothing to the extent of the first time but its obviously still infected.
What home care can I do to help this heal properly? I don't have insurance and can't go to the doctor for this.

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Old 08-12-2010, 06:48 AM   #2
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Re: Burn on thumb is infected

Basically you have to keep cleaning it until the skin has healed properly. To remove all the pus i would use Magnesium sulphate. But it has to be put onto unbroken skin. Aother method would be to use savlon or something sterile. If the infection is still present there is a natural product that contains natural Antibiotics. Its called Manuka Honey. It comes in different strengths (5+ 10+ 15+) It will help with your infection and would also help your immune system as it is a natural detox too!
Hope ive helped

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