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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 25 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.
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Dr. Angelo Mitsos
Podiatry 41 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.
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Dr. Khurram Khan
Wound care 21 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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A 23-year-old member asked:

I stepped on a nail in our yard. What should I do?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 44 years experience
Clean the wound, tet: Clean the wound, make sure your tetanus shot is up to date- good for 8-10 years. Depending on how deep the wound may need antibiotics. Call your doc.
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