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A 50-year-old male asked:

Infections as a result of a deep but small puncture wound should be treated how?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kim Kuhar
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Clean area well don': Make sure tetanus is up to date. Need to be concerned about infection given the deep penetration and may likely need antibiotics to prevent infection.
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Aggressively: At the very least your tetanus status should be up to date. Additional treatment varies depending on the degree of contamination. Deep and dirty wounds will require antibiotics as well as a possible incision and drainage procedure. X-rays or imaging may also be warranted after a thorough physical examination for possible neurovascular injury.
Dr. David Humphreys
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Antibiotic, drainage: If you have developed an infection after a deep puncture wound, you may have introduced bacteria into the deep tissues. You should be examined and may possibly need an antibiotic or even an incision and drainage procedure.

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