A Singaporean that does regular exercise and eats healthy can minimize the risk of blood clots but generally anyone can get them. It is easiest to get blood clots on your fingers especially whenever your finger gets slammed in a door or whenever it gets pinched with something. These blood clots are formed from a pinched nerve or trauma and are helpful to stop bleeding especially in accidents. Thankfully, 75% of finger blood clots are easily treatable. The following are some easy and efficient home remedies when you have blood clots on your fingers:
Elevate the hands
Elevating your hands is one of the first steps you should take right after getting your finger accident. This simple procedure is efficient in reducing the size the blood clot will form. This may even prevent blood clots if you’re able to elevate your arm as soon as possible. This is because elevating your arm will help reduce the blood flow and help promote drainage of the pooled blood.
Apply pressure on the affected area
Another thing that you may do right after sustaining your finger accident is to apply pressure on the affected area. As long as you’re able to do this right off the bat, this will help prevent blood clots from forming on your fingers.
Apply a warm wash cloth
You should then apply a warm wash cloth on your finger blood clot to improve the blood circulation and blood flow. The hot compression will help the clot be removed naturally. Make sure that the water you’ll be soaking in is not too hot.
Soak in water filled with Epsom salt
Soaking your finger blood clot in a water base filled with Epsom salt is also proven to reduce the amount of swelling and even help improve blood circulation just as hot compression does.
Do not open the blood clot
Do not burst open the blood clot if you do not want to expose it to bacteria and further complicate the wound. It’s best to wait for the natural healing procedure to take place.
Over the counter pain killers
Some over the counter pain killers are recommended for major blood clots that are inflamed and hurt too much. Some of the most common over the counter prescriptions are Tylenol and Ibuprofen.
When to see a doctor
If you have taken these home remedies and yet the pain from your finger blood clot is still too much for you to bear, then you should consider this as a sign to see your doctor. You may be prescribed stronger painkillers or some ointments to get treated.