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Weird discoloration on index fingertip

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by mert98, Sep 9, 2020.

  1. mert98


    Sep 9, 2020
    Hi guys,

    I am new here and I created this account for this specific question. I couldn't find anything and I hope this is the right forum.

    I've been playing for 2 years now. 3 days ago I played for like 2 - 3 hours straight fingers only and really hard as well. Yesterday I have noticed a weird discoloration on my index fingertip. I have no idea if maybe plucking too hard may have caused it. It doesn't hurt either. It just some weird brown spot and it looks like the skin might have been burned?

    Here is a pic:

    Anyone else had this before? Should I be worried?
  2. Oddly


    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    Welcome to TB!
    That's maybe a little internal bleed...or as you suggest a friction burn.
    Unless it starts spreading or blistering...or the fingertip falls off, I wouldn't worry!

    What strings are you using? They new?
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  3. mert98


    Sep 9, 2020
    Hello good sir, thanks for your reply :)

    I am using 1 week old Rotosound RS66LD strings. I am a huge fan of geddy lee and I think I was digging in too deep. I had a flew blisters before but this is something new.

    I wish you an amazing day!
  4. Lagado

    Lagado Inactive Suspended

    Jan 6, 2020
    Looks like a little bruising rather than a full blood spot. This is just the beginning...
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  5. jeffb28451

    jeffb28451 Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2006
    Leland NC
    A bass tech I know was using a normal fret board moisturizer ( lemon oil?) on an old Fodera and a previously applied dressing sort of “ gummed” up so that when the owner played it for about 15 minutes, his fingers turned brown/ black and he had to use acetone to get it off his fingers. The bass cleaned up with normal fretboard cleaner, thank goodness!
  6. I think you're right, it is from digging in. I get that after gigs sometimes.

    If it starts to concern you, talk to a doctor. Medical advice on TB is really out there lol

    Also welcome!
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  7. Blood blister under the skin, you need to work up slowly to that much playing.

    This is normal and to be expected, your finger is telling you that you're over doing it.

    Like an athlete that runs a mile and day, then decides to do a marathon, and is then surprised by blisters.

    I would bet you're not practicing 2 to 3 hours a day, and if you want to do a gig safely you need to be practicing at least that much.

    Good luck,
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  8. You could rest your finger and try playing with a pick for a bit, just to learn how to use one, you know ;)
  9. mert98


    Sep 9, 2020
    thanks for all the answers guys - you rock!
  10. john_g

    john_g Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    Well if you just keep your fingers out of your nose you wouldnt get that

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  11. vvvmmm


    Dec 6, 2016
    And watch out for yer palms from, eh, neck friction.
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  12. Yellow Bang66

    Yellow Bang66

    Jun 5, 2019
    Used to get'em all the time. because I kind of bulldoze through (digging in hard), probably not a good practice. That looks like a small broken blood blister(a blister with a little blood drop in it:E )thats why its turning brown. I dont believe its anything to worry about, not too serious. at least for me.
    You need to ease up a bit; turn your amp up, let it do the heavy lifting, not your fingers.
  13. arbiterusa

    arbiterusa Guest

    Sep 24, 2015

    That’s what they are there for.
  14. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Use a spoon when mixing curry spices.
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  15. Drucifer

    Drucifer Not currently practicing Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 20, 2009
    Houston Heights, Texas
    Endorsements: your name could be here, Mr. Sadowsky!
    I've had it before, like a blood blister but not raised, from digging in too hard.
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  16. mert98


    Sep 9, 2020
    Thanks again for all the replies. I won't make the same mistake again. I am currently practicing with a pick
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  17. aprod


    Mar 11, 2008
    To prevent that use a fine grit sandpaper to smooth down your fingerprint ridges. They fold on each other and cause blisters which is where that little mark on your finger is headed.
  18. punchdrunk

    punchdrunk Supporting Member

    Jun 22, 2013
    Jacksonville, Fl
    Probably just a spot of Ebola... it’ll pass.
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  19. I wouldn't worry until they look like this, then you'll know you're playing too much :)
  20. Carl Hillman

    Carl Hillman

    Jan 1, 2010
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