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A 24-year-old female asked:

I stepped on a nail and have a puncture wound.. tetanus is good and i cleaned it. any way to speed healing? i am training for a physical event...

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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 23 years experience
Have it evaluated.: Deep puncture wounds can be potentially dangerous as one may develop tetanus, or a number of other types of deep infections. If the wound was deep enough they may lead to bone infections. If you develop pain, redness, swelling or other signs of infection seek medical attention to get the proper care.
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics 57 years experience
Punctured wound: Development of an infection is greatest concern and will depend on how deep the nail got. If shallow, rate of infection should be almost minimal. If deep, surface cleaning make not be enough to prevent bacterial infection. Close observation of the wound for redness, pain and tenderness is prudent and if present later, have your physician prescribe antibiotics. If there is pus, have md do a culture.
Last updated Jul 28, 2018

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