Swollen index finger
A hot water compress will be helpful in taking away the swelling from the injured finger. If Epsom salt is not available, it is fine, just the warm compress is enough to reduce some of the swelling. However, an ice compress is more beneficial in this case. Take a few cubes of ice and wrap them in a towel or put them in a bag, and apply this to the affected area. This will work to minimize the swelling. It is important not to put any kind of pressure or strain on the swollen finger, but you can move the finger gently to allow better circulation of blood and also to prevent the finger from becoming stiff. If you feel that the pain or the swelling is increasing or if you notice any formation of pus on the affected area, it is advisable to seek medical advice, as this may indicate a possible infection.
Another effective remedy is made with coconut, sesame or mustard oil, 2-3 crushed cloves of garlic, ½ tsp of turmeric powder, ¼ tsp of ginger powder and ¼ tsp of carom seed powder. Warm the oil and add the rest of the ingredients, taking care not to allow the oil to boil. When the mixture becomes lukewarm, you may apply it to the affected finger three times a day. The ginger, garlic and turmeric help to fight the infection and increase the circulation of blood in the area. Even if you apply a paste of only turmeric, it will serve to alleviate the infection as turmeric has natural antiseptic properties. You can make the paste by mixing some turmeric powder with water. After applying, cover the area with a piece of cloth and leave it on for an hour. It is also recommended that you reduce the intake of refined sugar, white flour and wheat in your diet. Drinking a glass of warm water to which a few drops of lemon juice has been added is also effective. Another method is to tape the swollen finger to the adjoining finger. Use some soft padding between the fingers before taping. The finger should be taped in a relaxed position for better healing. This may need to be done for about 2-4 weeks for it to heal effectively. However, if you find that the pain has increased after taping, it is better to leave the finger alone. Try this method only after checking with your doctor first.