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I’ve had a problem with one of my fingers since I was very young. It used to just flare up one or twice a year but now it is always flaring up. When it gets swollen the pus is green, but even when it’s not actively swollen it is often leaking a whitey/creamy coloured liquid.

I was sent for an x Ray to see whether or not any infection has spread to the bone and the x Ray came back clear and it said there were no signs of infection in the bone so they said I should be fine and didn’t mention having it amputated. They also didn’t want to prescribe anymore antibiotics for it because it will make them ineffective, i have already had them at about three times this year.

Despite having an x Ray which they say didn’t show signs that it has gone to the bone I am still concerned. It’s not normal to be flaring up so much, and even leaking the cream coloured fluid in between flaring up, which is when it gets swollen, red and painful.

I don’t know whether or not I should elect to have it amputated or not. I’ve tried researching online and what I found seemed to suggest that an infection in a finger cant spread beyond the area where the problem is but I’m a bit nervous that leaving it as it is could be bad.

Does anyone have any ideas?
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...I don’t know whether or not I should elect to have it amputated or not...Does anyone have any ideas?
You can't demand a treatment that you don't clinically need.

Unless you go privately - but then the private surgeon will be in big trouble if they amputate a body part that's not clinically indicated.

Go and see your GP if you are concerned.
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You can't demand a treatment that you don't clinically need.

Unless you go privately - but then the private surgeon will be in big trouble if they amputate a body part that's not clinically indicated.

Go and see your GP if you are concerned.
My concern is that the infection might eventually spread which is why I’m so concerned about it, that it will suddenly get bad and I’d have to have my hole hand chopped off for example, is this possible? Do you know what the cream coloured liquid is and is this leakage of any concern?
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My concern is that the infection might eventually spread which is why I’m so concerned about it, that it will suddenly get bad and I’d have to have my hole hand chopped off for example, is this possible?
Hence you'll need to see your GP and / or go back to the surgeons.

Do you know what the cream coloured liquid is and is this leakage of any concern?
It sounds like pus from what you said, but I wouldn't be able to tell for sure.
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Hence you'll need to see your GP and / or go back to the surgeons.



It sounds like pus from what you said, but I wouldn't be able to tell for sure.
Might I please ask if it is generally advised to keep something that is constantly leaking green and creamy fluid/pus and in your experience is it correct that an infection in a finger can’t spread beyond the problem area, which is what I read on another website?
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Might I please ask if it is generally advised to keep something that is constantly leaking green and creamy fluid/pus and in your experience is it correct that an infection in a finger can’t spread beyond the problem area, which is what I read on another website?
I don't know as I don't know your full history. You said:

I’ve had a problem with one of my fingers since I was very young.
I don't know what is the problem here, for example.

It used to just flare up one or twice a year but now it is always flaring up. When it gets swollen the pus is green, but even when it’s not actively swollen it is often leaking a whitey/creamy coloured liquid
Yep, again I don't know what this is. I take it the surgeons have swabbed it and sent it to the lab. I wouldn't be able to tell with the limited information that you have given me.

Even if you give me your full history, with all the investigation results and previous letter I wouldn't be able to tell you because
(1) I am not an orthopaedic surgeon / rheumatologist
(2) Even if I am, it would be unethical to diagnose / give you a prognosis over the internet without examining you.

So I am sorry to say I can't tell you any more, and if you are concerned go and see your GP!
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I don't know as I don't know your full history. You said:



I don't know what is the problem here, for example.



Yep, again I don't know what this is. I take it the surgeons have swabbed it and sent it to the lab. I wouldn't be able to tell with the limited information that you have given me.

Even if you give me your full history, with all the investigation results and previous letter I wouldn't be able to tell you because
(1) I am not an orthopaedic surgeon / rheumatologist
(2) Even if I am, it would be unethical to diagnose / give you a prognosis over the internet without examining you.

So I am sorry to say I can't tell you any more, and if you are concerned go and see your GP!
Ok thank you very much for the responses that you have given me.
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I’ve had a problem with one of my fingers since I was very young. It used to just flare up one or twice a year but now it is always flaring up. When it gets swollen the pus is green, but even when it’s not actively swollen it is often leaking a whitey/creamy coloured liquid.

I was sent for an x Ray to see whether or not any infection has spread to the bone and the x Ray came back clear and it said there were no signs of infection in the bone so they said I should be fine and didn’t mention having it amputated. They also didn’t want to prescribe anymore antibiotics for it because it will make them ineffective, i have already had them at about three times this year.

Despite having an x Ray which they say didn’t show signs that it has gone to the bone I am still concerned. It’s not normal to be flaring up so much, and even leaking the cream coloured fluid in between flaring up, which is when it gets swollen, red and painful.

I don’t know whether or not I should elect to have it amputated or not. I’ve tried researching online and what I found seemed to suggest that an infection in a finger cant spread beyond the area where the problem is but I’m a bit nervous that leaving it as it is could be bad.

Does anyone have any ideas?
An X-Ray is not the best scan to exclude a bone infection. An MRI would be more accurate. If you are worried, go back to your GP - ask to be referred to a specialist or to tell them why they don't think this is an infection when you have those symptoms.
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From a Diagnostic radiographers point of view; I couldn’t see an amputation of the finger happening if your medical scans/x rays showed a healthy bone and didn’t show signs of severe osteomyelitis. I think you may have some form of bacterial infection (although, I’m not qualified to give you an official diagnosis) and you should get this checked out by the GP.
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