It might possibly help with the pain, but you might need an actual analgesic from a physician depending on the severity. Also, you should look for the root cause of it. I contracted it from hedgehogs I raised. It was awful and it spread. It is actually a lot like a cold sore in that it's a herpes virus. It can be super painful because the nerve endings on your fingers are so, so sensitive so don't be afraid to seek out treatment. Also? Hot packs can help to reduce the swelling and if they burst they could get infected in which case you'll have to have an antibiotic.
at 1:36 AM on Jun. 5, 2011