posted on Feb, 15 2013 @ 05:46 AM
Some advice would be welcome. I was stupid after getting a splinter from a drywall under a fingernail about a week and a half ago, and didn't
disinfect it or try to grab it out of there (the splinter went way under the side of a fingernail). The area is now infected and cracking a little bit
of skin, and is painful if I hit it against something.
My queston is, a friend urged me to go to a doctor and said I may have to have my fingernail taken off, which doesn't sound like fun. I thought maybe
I could ride it out and let my body fight it. I haven't taken an antibiotic in over 35 years, so that's another reason I hesitate having someone
poking at it and digging around. She said they'd give me lidocaine, which I've never had, to numb the area (for what? to tear my fingernail off???).
Anyway, any advice, i.e. is it able to be ridden out and healed? Thanks!
Now for the general thread as long as I'm bringing up the subject. Do all small injuries like this require medical attention? It seems like just
another way for the medical profession to grab as much money as they can. I know a woman, an acquintance more than a friend, who has been on
antibiotics for one reason or another for years, and the doctors now say she's knocked out mostof her bodies own defence mechanisms. Antibiotics for
"colds", for stomach pain, they just want her coming back for more and she obliges them, it seems to be a lifelong habit now.