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A 31-year-old female asked:

Baby stuck finger deep in my nose and her nail cut inside. it caused a lot of bleeding, stopped shortly after. alcohol and neosporin. risk of sepsis?

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Dr. Christine Hom
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Mucosal injury: The inside of your nose is lined with many small blood vessels that carry infection fighting white blood cells making it very hard to get infected in this area. You should be fine.
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Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Very unlikely!: Avoid alcohol to clean wounds. It damages tissue. Use mild soap and water, which is fine. I, and other docs, prefer bacitracin to neosporin, because it has less risk of a contact dermatitis when used for more than a few days. This cut should heal very rapidly. If you have fever, increased pain, pus, of course, as with any other skin infection, get seen quickly. Sepsis rare, in healthy folks.
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Last updated Oct 6, 2015


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