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25 Jan 2006

Needlestick Injury
Good day Doctor,

Please can you help. I recently visited my physiotherapist and on leaving, I felt a kind of a needleprick when I picked up my keys. At that point it never really bothered me until I got home and thought about HIV. I looked at my finger and saw no wound or puncture. I also applied some ice so that I could try to see the puncture, but I couldn't see any (no red spots etc). The next morning, I looked at my finger, I noticed a white spot with a hole in the centre which was skin peeling off. Could this be because I used alot of ice on my finger. Please can you describe a needlestick puncture and if I should worry about this. I also know that he does alot of accupuncture. Is it true that if one uses alot of ice on your finger it can make the skin soggy and form this white 'bubble'.

Many, many thanks.
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Worried,
I don't think you have to worry - you would have bled if you punctured your finger. The ice could have caused the white spot and peeling.
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