Harriet Vane Posted July 23, 2012 Share Posted July 23, 2012 Two and a half weeks ago I cut my finger near the first knuckle. The cut extended around my finger but not all the way to the back of the finger. I had stitches. Dr removed them too soon (6 days) and the whole thing split open again. We washed with alcohol and applied steristrips. The steristrips have been on for 10 days. They were starting to peel off, so I cleaned some nail scissors with alcohol and trimmed what was peeling. The skin underneath was wet and white but holding together, so I cleaned what was exposed with alcohol and left it alone. It is not white anymore (several hours later). I also figured out only a few days ago that I am allergic to the triple antibiotic gel I have been using (sulfa). When the stitches were still in, I used it directly on the wound. After the steristrips were put in place, the dr told me to put the gel around the area without touching the steristrips to address the infection that had set in. I now wonder if what we thought was infection was actually the allergic reaction. My entire hand is an itchy mass, with a mild, ecxema-like rash over a large area, including the finger with the steristrips. I have been cleaning my hand with alcohol, and then applying either cortisone or caladryl. I have not taken any antihistamines orally because I was on an antibiotic for the wound infection. I finished the antibiotic Friday. I also have a yeast infection and have been treating with OTC stuff and probiotics. I think it's pretty well under control. The part of the wound that is still under the steristrips is oozing clear liquid. Aside from the itching, I'm not really in pain, though the wound is slightly sore to the touch. There are no defined red streaks. What should I do? Here's my plan, unless you've got a better one: --Clean the tiny bit of exposed wound and cover with a bandaid for the night. --Clean my itchy hand with alcohol and apply the caladryl. --Take one allegra along with the probiotic. In the morning, should I try to get the steristrips off? It should peel off if I soak with petroleum jelly, so I don't think that would affect the wound. Or should I stop trying to manage this on my own and see the dr? If it's simple enough, I'd like to do it on my own. Thanks for any advice you can toss my way. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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