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with puncture wound of the leg what are my treatment options?

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Dr. Otto Placik
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
Evaluation: Your treatment options are to undergo an urgent evaluation to assess the wound, obtain a history, explore, image and follow the wound. Tetanus status should be up to date. Antibiotics may be perceived depending on nature of wound.
Answered on May 7, 2016
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Dr. Richard Zienowicz
37 years experience Plastic Surgery
Clean it quickly: Puncture wounds need to be irrigated with an antiseptic solution like hibiclens or betadine. If not available warm soapy water and cleansing with running water followed by antibiotic ointment and clean gauze changed twice daily should follow. Tetanus booster is indicated if longer than 10 yrs. Since last given.
Answered on Jan 26, 2016
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Dr. Michael Matthew
20 years experience Plastic Surgery
Depends: If the puncture was made with a dirty object and it's relatively small then it should be allowed to heal on its own. If it was made with a clean object or is in a more cosmetically sensitive area it can be cleaned and closed. You may need a tetanus booster or antibiotics as well depending on the situation.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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