I started to notice that my pointer finger on my right hand was starting to swell just below the nail. However, there is no pain at all, just a slight pressure increase towards the nail. What could be the potential cause for this?

I have pictures of my normal left hand pointer to compare the size difference to show the swelling. I poked the spot that was swelling ever so slightly with a needle and a small dot blood came out instantly but stopped after only about 3-4 seconds of coming out. It created a little bubble of blood no higher than 3 mm above my fingertip. I did this about 4 times until blood stopped coming out all together if I poked another small hole in my skin.

[Here is the album of photos I took to help out.](http://imgur.com/a/bw7IO)

I greatly appreciate any help or advice on this!

P.S. - I'm currently a college student so my family doctor isn't exactly close to me right now. That's why I'm seeking help here first.

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that is called a paronychia, it's caused by an infection and you'd want to treat it with antibiotics, particularly if it's still around.

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I have been taking cephalexin 250 mg twice a day for around 6 days now and it hasn't improved very much. Should I go back to try another antibiotic?

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Keep taking the cephalexin for the full course recommended by the doctor before stopping it. (That dose is a bit low?) If it doesn't go away you would probably want to try a different antibiotic. A dermatologist might have additional ideas if it doesn't go away after a few weeks of antibiotics!

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Great, thanks a bunch! They only gave me 2 capsules BID for a 10 day supply unfortunately so I'll be making a trip back to my family doctor or to the school doctor after the holidays.

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