My daughter is 2yrs old and has a horribly infected finger which (I think) triggered a fever as well.
I remember a few days ago, getting her into our van. She put her hands on the ground of the van, and pulled back suddenly saying Ouch! There was no blood, no cut, nothing that I could see was wrong.
Fast forward about 4 days (with no other symptoms or issues) and she woke up in the morning not feeling or acting herself. I thought she was over-tired from two late nights in a row and let her fall asleep, thinking she would be up in an hour or less.
Three hours later I checked on her and her forehead was pretty hot and then I noticed the finger was really red and swollen and the fingernail was turning colors. She was very very lethargic and slept all day long.
I gave her a garlic enema and the fever came down a bit. Then, I applied a baking soda/water paste to draw out whatever was in there. She didn't sleep very well during the night.
The next morning, I gave her another garlic enema and my husband did a salt water soak. A little while later, I made a poultice with plantain, comfrey, lobelia, red clover, and slippery elm. This really seemed to work the best - seemed to draw lots of puss closer to the surface and finally started draining on its own. Hubby did an epsom salt soak and was able to drain out more stuff. Then we put on some neosporin and covered it for quite a while.
She was finally feeling closer to her old self with the fever almost completely gone, still a little slow and tired, but at least up, eating and playing with the other kids. When I took off the bandage, it looked WORSE instead of better. I didn't see any more puss, but it was still very very swollen and now it was purple!
Is purple a good sign or a bad sign? (I'm very worried about a blood infection.)
If the fever is gone, does that mean the danger is over and it will just take a little longer for the swelling and coloring to go away?
Any other suggestions of things I should do?
Any ideas on what the infection is actually from? Maybe a staph infection of some kind? Why wouldn't there be a cut or any signs of something wrong before it got this bad?
I put another poultice on it, since that seemed to work the best