What makes a finger throb

Inflammation of the fingers and toes, purulent

Purulent finger (Panaritium) or Inflammation of the toes (Paronychia, circulation): The affected phalanx, rarely also a phalanx, is severely swollen, reddened and restricted in its mobility. In addition, throbbing pain is noticeable. The starting point is usually a tiny external injury to the finger (or toe) through which bacteria or other pathogens enter deeper tissues and lead to inflammation with accumulations of pus. These can be under the skin, under the nail plate (Inflammation of the nail bed) or occur next to a fingernail (or toenail) and, if left untreated, spread to deeper tendons and bones. This threatens to lose the affected finger or toe, which is why a doctor must be consulted at the first signs of the disease.

That's what the doctor does

The hand or foot is immobilized (possibly with a splint) and accumulations of pus are surgically drained. Alternatively or as a supplement, an antibiotic is administered. External antibiotic therapy is often sufficient for minor inflammations.

Complementary medicine

Purulent inflammation of the fingers or toes always requires medical (and antibiotic) treatment. Silicea can be taken as a support at the homeopathic level, hot curd soap baths sometimes provide relief, as do finger and foot baths with antibacterial plant extracts, e.g. B. from oak bark or chamomile.


Dr. med. Arne Schäffler, Dr. Ute Koch, Dr. med. Berthold Gehrke in: Gesundheit heute, edited by Dr. med. Arne Schäffler. Trias, Stuttgart, 3rd edition (2014). Revision and update: Dr. med. Sonja Kempinski | last changed on at 15:09

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