by Kenton H Johnson, Executive Director / Publisher
“That was really stupid,” I said a few evenings ago, doing exactly what I tell my grandchildren not to do – cut towards a hand. While cutting the strap on a box, my pocket knife cut deeply into my little finger just below the third knuckle. There was lots of bleeding while washing it with warm then cool water, but it stopped in a couple of minutes with direct compression, Reiki, then a 3″ x 1″ bandage that kept it tightly closed.
All that remained was some pain and a worrisome tingling in the little finger, as if it were half asleep – nerve or blood vessel damage?
So I called a few of our practitioners for their advice. See the Wellness Directory for more information on each practitioner.
We had just finished editing an article on Essential Oils, which included some possibilities for an insect bite – seemed similar to what was needed to disinfect, sooth and help heal the cut.
The author, Russell Louie in a late-night phone call, confirmed they would, then reminded me to only use therapeutic grade oils, especially for disinfecting.
I went to find them, but they were only marked as therapeutic grade on the display, not the bottles. I chose the more expensive of the two marked therapeutic grade, buying a couple I didn’t have in any grade: lavender, as well as lemon for disinfecting and many other uses.
Douglas Pousma, MD, concurred with my first aid, then suggested a hand specialist, since hands are obviously critical for computer work and most else. Understanding that there was no finger or hand discoloration, little pain, and minor restriction of movement, he didn’t push an office or emergency room visit, but did recommended a tetanus and an antibiotic shot as soon as possible.
The nurses at hand specialists recommended seeing a primary care physician first then coming in the next week, concerned about infection, nerve damage, and by moving the finger, additional tendon damage if it was nicked. An appointment was set, in case the tingling didn’t improve. A small splint for a couple of days reduced finger movement.
Matthew Reddy, ND, agreed with the others to a point. He didn’t see the need for a tetanus shot, since the knife was not that dirty, but advised looking out for red streaking away from the wound indicating that infection is starting and spreading. He suggested a calendula salve for smoothest healing, and to have it stitched if it kept opening.
Glenn Streeter, Medical Fitness Pro had made his own investigation after breaking a leg, to determine if he could get by without having major surgery to insert a pin. He went with the surgery since it promised faster recovery. He followed up with special detox soaks to clear out the drug residue from the surgery.
He confirmed the small splint idea to protect the tendon, suggested a call to his office’s Naturopath for an antibiotic alternative, and recommended soft laser treatments to regenerate blood vessels, nerves and the other tissues.
Herbert Jacobs, MD, said that urgent care was immediately necessary. Instead, he said to focus on the tingling in the finger:
- Elevate the wound.
- Ice for 12 hours to reduce the edema (lymph fluid build up) which was probably causing the tingling.
- Wrap with an elastic bandage for protection and to reduce the edema.
- After icing, soak in very warm water 3 x daily to restore circulation.
- See a hand specialist if more care needed.
Philip Incao, MD. Since the fingernail looked like all the others, indicating no blood restriction, and the finger was not very painful or difficult to move, he advised to let it heal naturally with a little help:
- Make sure the cut’s edges to stay together to prevent an indent and scar.
- No tetanus shot needed unless the knife had been in the dirt, and no antibiotic shot unless it looked or felt infected.
- Use an arnica tincture for infection.
- Nutritional cleanse with lots of water, mostly fruits, vegetables and grains, and very few, if any, animal products.
I’ve followed most of these suggestions, did not take the shots, and will entertain additional therapies if the feeling does not fully return in a few days.
This article is not intended to give medical diagnosis or treatment advice – it is simply anecdotal and to give an idea of a part of the spectrum of Complementary Healthcare.
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Source: Kenton H Johnson, Executive Director / Publisher, Denver CO