Lymphangitis / Cellulitis – Infection with Red Inflammatory Line up to Armpit
Q. I am an 18 years old male about to start college. Two days ago, my brother bought me Coca Cola in a plastic bottle with a twist-off. I attempted to open it with no luck, and in the end I injured myself. I received three blisters on my left hand from trying to open the bottle. The next day I decided to cut the blister off from my index finger with a nail clipper; part of the skin was peeling off and I felt no pain. After I cut off the skin I felt some pain, but I thought it was normal since I was cutting off a piece of skin. The wound was red and had watery fluids leaking from it, I managed to wash the wound off and I dried it off. I also added a band-aid so no infection could occur.
Later in the day I realized there was a large red line stemming from the side of my index finger, going to my hand and through my arm. I am unable to locate where the red line ends. I thought it was just the amount of pressure I applied to the band-aid on my finger, but I was unsure. I kept cleaning the open wound and swapped band-aids, but the line was still there. It didn’t seem to expand on my hand or arm; the size looks the same as the day before. My finger from the tip to the knuckle is extremely itchy if I scratch it. It doesn’t feel swollen, as I can still curl my index finger, the only thing stopping me is the wound. Is there an infection? My mom believes it’s only an allergic reaction, but it’s only on my left hand while the right one is fine. What’s wrong? Thank you.
You should immediately go to ER (Emergency Room) to get yourself examined and treated – this could lead to life threatening blood stream infection.
Please don’t delay and rush now without waiting even for a moment.