Patient Comments: Plant Thorn Synovitis - Treatments


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Comment from: Dana, Female (Patient) Published: January 28

I was volunteering during MLK Service weekend and was pulling out lots of thorny weeds and vines. Afterwards, I noticed one of my knuckles was sore, but it was tolerable. About 5 days later, my finger had swelled up, movement was extremely limited, and I had lots of pain. I would add ice packs every 30 minutes or so to control the swelling, but nothing helped. About 6 pm I read an article in an old Dallas edition to put Ichthammol ointment on the wound. I picked up a 1 oz. tube at a local drug store for about USD 7.50. It's like black tar, but I generously spread it over the spot where I think the thorn went in and wrapped it with two band aids around to prevent staining my clothes. By 10 pm, it was already noticeably working. By the next morning, it was 80 percent back to normal. The pain was minimum, still a little swelling, but much more tolerable. I plan to use again tonight and for the next several nights before I opt for the surgery for plant thorn synovitis.


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