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Major things you need to understand!
Burn pain on finger may become complex, depending on the severity of the problem. It may also require a multidisciplinary approach (both with medication and non-medication (such as lifestyle approaches)).
The pain is not always related to the size of the injury. Sometimes a small burned area on finger can be so painful, too.
The pain may affect the quality of your sleep. And in fact, your recovery goes optimally when you sleep. In other words, if the pain has disturbed your sleep, this can disturb your recovery, too! Talk to your doctor if you have any sleep problem related to your burn pain.
Medications to help ease burn pain
These may include:
- Over-the-counter pain treatments. One of common choices is NSAIDs such as ibuprofen. However to keep safe, the use of NSAIDs for long-term should be followed with under the supervision of your doctor, because the medication may lead to serious side effects.
- Anticonvulsant medications! The effectiveness of these medications can vary since they work by transforming the way of how the body responds the pain. Typically, they are used to manage neuropathic pain.
- The pain may cause sleep problem, as noted before. It may put you at higher risk of depression, too. For these reasons, you may need to take sleep medications and antidepressants.
Ask a doctor for clearly assessment of the best one of these medications that meets to your needs.
Lifestyle measures and remedies
To make the burn pain more controllable, some lifestyle measures and natural remedies are helpful, too. These include:
- Reduce the muscle tension with relaxation. You may think that the burn on finger is small and you can ignore it. But it’s better to not underestimate the problem. To boost your recovery, do some relaxation techniques to ease the muscle tension such as somatic relaxation (this includes yoga, deep breathing, or other techniques that use physical methods) and thinking ‘cognitive’ relaxation (this explores the power of your mind to help release stress and pain).
- Exercise and physical therapy! When your finger is being painful, you may want to take a couple days of bed rest – but don’t take it too long! Once your body is getting better and ready for exercise, don’t delay it and increase your physical activity gradually. If necessary, take a class for physical therapy!
- Hypnosis can help for some cases. A professional hypnotherapist can teach you learn a self-hypnosis so thus you can practice it when your burn-pain flares up!
- Some herbs may also help. These include the use of ginger, capsaicin (it is derived from hot chili peppers), feverfew, devil’s claw, and turmeric. However to keep safe and to prevent the risk of medical interactions (if you are also taking other medicines), talk to your doctor first before using any herb!
Managing the burn pain on finger is not always easy and this can vary from person to person. But sometimes small steps and changes in how you arrange your daily life can help, too.