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Cut off finger tip - how to improve healing?!!

Commented on July 15, 2015
Created April 17, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Hi

I'm a single mum and self employed massage therapist so slicing off the tip of my thumb a few hrs ago wasnt the best plan. It's been cleaned and dressed and I've had a better look at the damage in the process. Nice clean cut above, but starting from, the fingernail obliquely from front to back. So I have less damage to the pad which is great :)

I've been paleo a few months but don't think I always get a good balance of foods and recently started with fermented cod liver.

Two questions

First, what can I do either nutitionally or otherwise to aid the speed of healing?

And second, is there anything to suggest the tip may grow back(and only a bit! just wondering if will remain a flat cut)and if so what can I do about it? Like massage, applying any topical treatments etc.

Just anything that's going to help minimise this rather stupid thing I've done!!!

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on April 18, 2013
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Years ago I cut the end of my finger off (about 1/8" to 1/4", including some of the nail) making salsa. This was far beyond anything that I would try to treat myself or with homeopathic remedies. It bled for hours and I needed careful wound treatment, antibiotics, a tetanus shot, and I had to have it wrapped up like a sausage for weeks. If something like this gets infected you could have major problems and perhaps lose the finger. If you haven't already I'd go to a doctor immediately. The good news is that mine grew back and after a couple of years I got full feeling back too.

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on April 18, 2013
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Thanks - that's interesting to hear. I'm in the Uk so need to find out where or if I can get the stuff!

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at 03:43 AM

Yea it was cleaned and dressed by an emergency doctor. It was just the tip but enough that it would look very different from the others if it doesn't plump out a bit. Thanks for the tips so far. My sleep isn't great because I'm up at least once a night and then early with my son. And stress levels are fairly high generally too. Are there any other general food groups I should concentrate on getting in? Or micronutrients like Vit C to reduce scarring? Thanks

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on April 17, 2013
at 11:38 PM

it will probably grow back, but perhaps not to its previous fullness. ive always dressed these kind of wounds with a mix of oil of oregano and bentonite clay. it sounds crazy but it creates a protective and antiseptic barrier and seems to speed up healing time. ive chopped my fingers a lot between working in delis and manual labor, the places where I sliced the tip clean off just look a little less full then normal but would have to be pointed out for anyone to notice.

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on July 15, 2015
at 06:46 PM

Thank you for this. I recently cut off a significant portion of the side tip of my left pointer finger (no bone exposure though). I went to urgent care because after 14 hours I couldn't get it to stop bleeding. They used chemical cauterization. It has been 7 days since my injury and the cauterization is still hanging on; I called yesterday and they said it was ok so long as my finger didn't look strange or like something was wrong. The whole finger is still a little swollen. The wound still hurts and throbs. I'm sure my finger will repair over time.

My issues at this point is that I cannot bend my finger.

After the cauterization comes off I'm going to try doing the oregano oil and bentonite clay on it. 

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on April 18, 2013
at 09:07 AM

Thanks - that's interesting to hear. I'm in the Uk so need to find out where or if I can get the stuff!

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on April 18, 2013
at 04:27 AM

I had that happened to me when I bought a V-shape slicer. I will never make that mistake again. It grew back, but I only sliced of a tiny bit. Just thinking about it gives me shivers. Sorry, cannot answer more.

Take care.

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on April 17, 2013
at 10:48 PM

you need to go see a doctor.

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on April 18, 2013
at 01:37 PM

Years ago I cut the end of my finger off (about 1/8" to 1/4", including some of the nail) making salsa. This was far beyond anything that I would try to treat myself or with homeopathic remedies. It bled for hours and I needed careful wound treatment, antibiotics, a tetanus shot, and I had to have it wrapped up like a sausage for weeks. If something like this gets infected you could have major problems and perhaps lose the finger. If you haven't already I'd go to a doctor immediately. The good news is that mine grew back and after a couple of years I got full feeling back too.

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on April 17, 2013
at 11:03 PM

...just the tip

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