First Aid/cut the tip of my thumb

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What do I do after I cut the tip of my thumb? It has a band-aid on it now.

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Hello Dorthy,

It sounds like you have a less severe injury though cuts at the ends of fingers can be very painful and can cause problems when you try to use your fingers for about a week after. Keep the wound clean (soap and water daily). keep neosporin or polysporin on the wound for a few days and a band-aid for a few days as well, until the wound starts to close.

I hope you heal quickly,

Marc

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Marcus LaBarbera

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I am available to answer most questions related to: first aid, pre- hospital medicine, EMT and Paramedic questions, medical transport, critical care transport, ICU/CCU care, sedation, and medicine in general.

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I have worked as a NYS Paramedic since 1993 for both community based ambulance companies and large commercial agencies. I Have experience as bike team commander, and shift supervisor for a commercial ambulance. As a member of the Disaster team I was deployed to Louisiana for 20 days following hurricane Katrina. I worked along side the county Haz-Mat team as a "Tox-Medic" with advanced training in treating injuries from chemical agents. Besides my experience on the on the ambulance I have worked in a number of hospital based offices including dialysis and a sleep lab.

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I started my EMS career as a NYS CFR (Certified First Responder)in 1989, an EMT in 1991, a Paramedic since 1993, and a CCU transport paramedic since 2005. I currently hold certification as a: NYS Paramedic, Critical Care Transport Paramedic, ACLS/CPR/PALS certified. Advanced Haz-Mat Life Support certified (AHLS). In the past I have taught CPR and ACLS to my coworkers and the local community.

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