I've been having some issues with my right index finger since right before my vacation, and I'm looking for any solutions that may have worked for anyone in the past. About a month ago, or two weeks before Derby for all Kentuckians, I had a really intense schedule of 15 gigs in 16 days, many of which were very intense listening gigs at the new club here in town. On the second night of the Sonny Fortune gig, I ended up with medical tape on my first and second fingers to cushion the painful callous that had built up, and that was the end of the first week. By the end of the second week, the skin at the edge of my index fingernail (on the side where the pizz stroke lands) was a hard as a rock, and it started to get swollen and separate from the nail. I tried to file some of the callous away (my usual technique), and this worked for a while, but the pain kept returning. After the two weeks was over, I had scheduled a two-week vacation. I didn't play at all the first week, then practiced lightly - about 45 minutes a day - for each day of the second week. Last Saturday was my first day back, starting with a 3 hour Aebersold quartet hit, then on sunday there was a 4 hour duo brunch gig, at the end of which the finger was fried again. For the past two days (one short gig each day) I've played with Band-Aids on the index finger, which I'm keeping moist with an antibacterial cream. My question is, how should I treat this problem? Soaking the finger? Wrapping it? Filing the callous down further? I'm at a loss, and have more gigs lined up for the rest of the week. Does anybody have any "skin healing remedies" for this kind of thing that you can pass on? It's kind of like an ingrown toenail kind of vibe, only it's on my playing finger. I've never experienced anything like this before, so any help/advice would be valuable and greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.