We have seen a 50 years old patient who came to the Walk in Medical center with the complaints of splinter in the finger for one week with the redness and swelling of the finger. The patient had the pus around the area of the puncture wound. The patient was seen by Dr. Usha Jain who ordered an x-ray of the finger to check for osteomyelitis which is an infection in the bone. The patient’s x-ray was normal and blood count was normal. Dr. Jain incised the wound and removed the splinter and drained the pus. The culture showed MRSA and the patient was treated for that. The patient responded well to the treatment.
The infection around the joint and tendon can be dangerous and needs to be treated aggresively to prevent an osteomyelitis which is an infection of the bone.