Small White Head on Finger

I can't really send a picture. It's on the very edge of my nail and has a yellowy off white sort of puss in it. It hurts when I apply pressure to it, and it isn't really all that raised at all, maybe a little. It's been hurting for three days now, and this morning I found it had the puss-like stuff in it.


I noticed it after sleeping in my uncle's car one morning as we were on a road trip from Florida to California. This made me think it might be a bite or something. I have never had a pimple on my finger and am hoping it is. Even the other side of my nail hurts right at the tip. I'm not sure what else to give as info. I really hope some little bug doesn't sprout out of it. Any ideas?

By Alex D

July 11, 20110 found this helpful

That isn't really a whitehead. It is actually an infection, may even be a small ingrown nail. You can try warm soaks with epsom salt, to help draw it out. If it continues to get worse, you will need to see your doctor, he may lance it and drain it if it is bad enough, or may just give some antibiotics.

Some people will try to poke it the burnt end of a needle, but if you aren't careful, it can lead to a worsening infection. You can always put some antibiotic ointment with pain killer on it. I used gum numbing gel the last time I had one. They really stick out like a 'sore thumb', everything seems to touch it, no matter what!

Hope it gets better soon.

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July 11, 20110 found this helpful

It is paronychia, an infection around the fingernail. Google for more info. You need to see a doctor as I doubt it will clear up with just antibiotic ointment. May be a bug bite or it can be from an injury that you don't even remember happening.

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July 12, 20110 found this helpful

The answer to your question is called a Medical practitioner.

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