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i stepped on a nail and it started to turn black around it. what's happening?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Infection: Your wound is possibly getting infected. At the very least, you likely have a blood blister. Nevertheless, you need to see your doctor right away to make sure it's not infected and also to get a tetanus shot if you haven't had one recently.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
Nail black: Any change in the color of the skin after a puncture should be assessed immediately. There are many things that this could represent from a collection of blood, decayed tissue to an infectious process. Go soon.

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

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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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Is there any correlation between nail color and one's health?

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Dr. Leonard Lado
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Nails and health: One the most underlook signs of health problems is the clubbing of nails also known as drumstick fingers is associated mostly with heart and lung disease its pressence is associated with 60% probability that disease is present and usually serious such hyperthyroidism, lung cancer, chrons disease and other diseases. This is lucky sign because your body is calling for help before it becomes serious.
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Can I only get tetanus if I step on a rusty nail?

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Any wound a problem: Tetanus spores from the dirt can get into any break in your skin and potentially germinate. Over time the growing germs may elaborate the tetanus toxin and give you tetanus. The rusty nail scene is the one most talked about, but any dirty wound in a susceptable person can be a source.

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