Hand infections are often the result of a scratch, bug bite or other kind of wound that goes untreated. At Plastic Surgery Associates of Lafayette, our physicians treat patients in Lafayette, LA, dealing with hand infections in order to prevent further damage.
Just like any part of your body, your hands are susceptible to developing infections. The infection may occur on the fingertips, nail beds, palm, back of the hand, wrist, fingers, joints bones, and soft tissue. Hand infections may be caused by bite wounds, puncture wounds, viral infections, or bacterial infections. As with any type of infection, hand infections can develop into more serious conditions quickly. For this reason, Plastic Surgery Associates of Lafayette recommends that you seek prompt medical treatment if you believe you have a hand infection.
How Do I Know If I Have a Hand Infection?
Left untreated, some infections cause damage to the structures of the hand. In some cases, the secondary effects occur after the initial infection is treated. Early diagnosis and treatment of your hand infection is critical for positive health outcomes.
Understanding the signs of infection helps you know when medical attention is necessary. Signs of hand infections include the following:
- Tenderness and pain
- A warm sensation
- Limited mobility
- Changes in appearance, such as enlarged areas
- Pus or other discharge
What Treatment Is Recommended for Hand Infections?
Treatment for your hand infection depends on the type and location of the infection. Some of the more common hand infections that require treatment are the following.
Paronychia is an infection of the cuticle area of the fingernail. Initial treatment options are antibiotics and soaking the affected area. The area may also be drained. In more advanced cases, surgery may be required to excise, or cut out, the affected area.
“Felon” is an infection of the fingertip. Surgery is required to drain the area, and you may also be prescribed antibiotics.
Septic arthritis occurs when you have a wound near or in your joint. Because the bacteria can destroy the joint in a short period of time, surgery is the first course of action. Antibiotics are also required in these cases.
Deep space infections are seen between the fingers, on the palm, and near the thumb. Because these infections are likely to spread, surgery is required.
Tendon sheath infection develops as a result of a wound in the middle of your finger near the joint or palm of your hand. In these cases, immediate surgery is required to prevent additional damage to your joint. The exception is an atypical mycobacterial infection that only requires treatment with antibiotics.
What Happens After My Treatment for a Hand Infection?
In many cases, you have no secondary problems after your hand infection. Some types of hand infections, however, damage the structures of your hand. Additional surgery or physical therapy may be necessary to strengthen your hand and improve mobility.
What Does Treatment for a Hand Infection Cost?
We accept most insurance including workers’ comp. The total cost of your hand and wrist operation depends on several factors. After your consultation appointment, we give you a total cost that includes anesthesia, pre- and post-operative care, and other associated costs. We also offer financing through CareCredit®. To learn more call our office today.
Why Choose Plastic Surgery Associates
- We are the premier providers for reconstruction in Lafayette.
- Our team of surgical experts are highly qualified to perform a number of different reconstruction procedures.
- We offer a personalized and individualized treatment approach.
What to Expect During your Consultation
We believe exceptional patient care is a right, not a privilege. Several areas will be covered during your consultation, including:
- Your medical history
- Discussion of your concerns and goals
- Explanation of procedure and expected results
- Customized treatment plan(s)
- Applicable fees and financing information
Plastic Surgery Associates of Lafayette offers cosmetic treatments using the latest medical advances to patients in entire Acadiana region, including New Iberia, Abbeville, Lake Charles, Alexandria, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport, and Monroe. For your private consultation, contact our office today.