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A 30-year-old female asked:

what to do if i step on a nail?

3 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Be seen: You should be seen, may need antibiotics, and at least need to make sure that your tetanus status is up to date.
Dr. Angelo Mitsos
Podiatry 40 years experience
Tetanus, infection: Depending on the depth of the puncture wound, the area may need to be debrided and followed for possible involvement of bone infection or osteomyelitis with x-rays and other diagnostic testing. Tetanus immunoglobulin is also recommended and updating of tetanus immunization is also recommended.
Dr. Khurram Khan
Wound care 20 years experience
Tetanus and clean: First you must update your tetanus status. Next the area needs to be cleaned and any foreign material needs to be removed (what did the nail go through? Shoes? Socks?) any foreign material may lead to infection. Lastly the area needs to be protected and the less pressure on it, the better.

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Tetanus shot: Your absolute top priority is to get a tetanus shot, if you haven't had one in the last 5-10 years. Tetanus is not something you ever want to have. Beyond that, the wound needs to be thoroughly cleaned, then observed in case an infection develops. In short, you need to see a doctor, pronto.
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Yesterday I stepped on a nail?

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A 49-year-old member asked:

What are the treatments for stepping on a rusty nail?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Rusty nail: Stop bleeding by applying pressure. Rinse wound w clean water. Clean surrounding skin w soap & water on wash cloth. Remove debris w tweezers. If material remains in wound – seek medical care. Need tetanus shot if you haven't had one in last 10 years, don't know when you last had one or if the wound is dirty & it has been more than 5 years since last shot.

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