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A little discharge coming from thorn puncture wound?

A little discharge coming from thorn puncture wound?

Be seen: It sounds like you have an infection. Be seen. There are many infections that can be from puncture wounds, and thorn wounds in particular. ...Read more

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Discharge (Definition)

Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more


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Discharge coming from puncture wound, what to do?

Discharge coming from puncture wound, what to do?

Get it evaluated.: When was your last tetanus shot? > 10 years or you don't know — get a tetanus shot. Purulent drainage? Red? Warm? Tender? Swollen? Red streaks? Please have this checked at an er or an acute care clinic. ...Read more

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What should I do about discharge coming from a puncture wound?

What should I do about discharge coming from a puncture wound?

Discharge from wound: You need to see a specialist as soon as possible. This may be an infectious process. ...Read more

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Help with my small puncture wound? Earlier today (around 5+ hours ago) a small thorn-like object punctured the bottom of my toe, right at the bend. It bled for a couple minutes, and I made sure there was no remaining bits of the thorn in my foot, cleaned

Help with my small puncture wound? Earlier today (around 5+ hours ago) a small thorn-like object punctured the bottom of my toe, right at the bend. It bled for a couple minutes, and I made sure there was no remaining bits of the thorn in my foot, cleaned

Object piercing skin: A puncture wound is caused by an object piercing the skin and creating a hole such as from stepping on a nail. Such injuries can potentially be dangerous as one may develop tetanus, or a number of other types of deep infections. ...Read more

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What do I do? Swelling away from small puncture wound?

What do I do? Swelling away from small puncture wound?

Have it evaluated: Puncture wounds can lead of severe swelling and infections. These infections could spread deep down to bone. If it gets severe enough, this could lead to loss of limb or even life. With puncture wounds, one may also develop tetanus. Have the wound properly evaluated and treated to avoid preventable complications. ...Read more

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What works the best and fastest for a little puncture wound on arm?

What works the best and fastest for a little puncture wound on arm?

First aid: For a minor puncture wound, wash it with soap and warm water, apply pressure to stop bleeding, apply an antiseptic such as Bacitracin or neomycin (both sold over the counter) and apply a clean dry dressing or just leave it open to air to heal. You should get a tetanus vaccination if you're not up to date. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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My sister says she has a little puncture wound of scalp. Can she just shower off and clean it?

Poor Idea: Puncture wounds are dangerous because the bacteria from the skin and the object that caused the puncture are pushed into the deeper layers. If the would is not cleaned thoroughly and managed properly then she could get a very serious, even life threatening, infection requiring hospitalization and IV antibiotics. She really needs to see a professional and get evaluated. ...Read more

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What should I do about a small puncture wound infection?

What should I do about a small puncture wound infection?

See a doctor: This can get out of control quickly. See a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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What age do kids get their first tetanus shot? My 3 year old fell on a bike sprocket and got scrapes and a small puncture wound, should I take him to the er?

What age do kids get their first tetanus shot? My 3 year old fell on a bike sprocket and got scrapes and a small puncture wound, should I take him to the er?

Children : Children typically receive their first tetanus shot at 2 months, the second at 4 months, and the third at 6 months, the fourth between 15 and 18 months, and the fifth between 4 and 6 years of age. Then, the next dose is between ages 11 and 12 years old, and then up to every 10 years afterwards.

I would clean the wound with soap and water, and then take your child to your regular doctor. Probably your child is up to date on his tetanus shots — but your child's doctor would know for sure (although he wouldn't have received the 5th dose of the primary series). Your doctor can evaluate the wound and the piece he fell on — in general, if the metal is not rusty or "dirty" (i.e. Was lying in a cow pasture) it should be okay. However, seeing your doctor is a good idea to see also if the scrapes and the wound require stitches, and possibly topical or oral antibiotics.

Good luck! It's hard watching them learn to ride, isn't it? I was chewing my nails the whole time... ...Read more

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I have a small puncture wound from a nail in the back of my hand. How can I treat it?

I have a small puncture wound from a nail in the back of my hand. How can I treat it?

Seek med attention: This could be the type of wound that might be prone to infection. If your tetanus status is not up to date, this should also be considered. Seek medical attention to prevent problems. ...Read more

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Accidentally sat on a pencil, And for stabbed in the leg. Small puncture wound. I cleaned it and put a bandage on. Should I see my doctor?

Assuming you are: Current on tetanus prophylaxis and you have no other medical problems that affect your immunity, probably not right away. If you develop redness or persistent pain, it could mean infection, so you should see your doctor at that time. ...Read more

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Small(not deep) puncture wound on side of big toe from clean piece of metal. Flushed it & antibio ointment. Last Tetanus in '09. Do I need another?

Small(not deep) puncture wound on side of big toe from clean piece of metal. Flushed it & antibio ointment.  Last Tetanus in '09.  Do I need another?

No: Your prior booster in 09 will have you covered. If you had dragged your open wound through a lot of soil and debris, and left it untended over a long period, it might be a benefit to some. Some advice landscapers and other outside workers to boost at 5 years if their work constantly exposes them to the tetanus spores. Your case does not rise to that level of concern. ...Read more

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Post medial dislocation of left elbow small puncture wound(+) near the left cubital fossa I can't benddown, is it normal?

Post medial dislocation of left elbow small puncture wound(+) near the left cubital fossa I can't benddown, is it normal?

Bad injury: Limited motion is normal after such a severe injury. You are going to need therapy when ur doctor clears u ...Read more

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I got a small puncture wound from a rusty, metal toilet cleaning brush in our bathroom. Didn't bleed, but hurt, still does. Last tetanus shot 8 yrs ago?

I got a small puncture wound from a rusty, metal toilet cleaning brush in our bathroom. Didn't bleed, but hurt, still does. Last tetanus shot 8 yrs ago?

Tetanus: This is uncommon in the USA because of immunizations. There are less than 70 cases a year. Since boosters are recommended every 10 years you should be fine, but it would not hurt if you went and got the booster now. You don't say where the puncture wound was. If in the sole of the foot make sure there is no infection. If the pain continues make sure the bristles did not break off in the wound. ...Read more

Puncture Wound (Definition)

A wound created by something sharp penetrating. Example a needle, a knife, a nail ...Read more


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