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Can I die from puncture wound of foot if I ignore it?

Can I die from puncture wound of foot if I ignore it?

Puncture Wound: Die..... If it gets out of control...Yes. I hope you would not let it get that far. Puncture wounds many times are followed by infections. And, in the foot....That could be a disaster. It is always better to see a physician, get examined.....And get an antibiotic and maybe a tetnus shot.....Always better safe than sorry! ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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What happens if I get a puncture wound on my foot?

What happens if I get a puncture wound on my foot?

Puncture wound foot: Wash the area with warm, soapy water; cover with bandage; go to doc/er for definitive treatment. If cause of puncture was dirty/rusty & you haven't had tetanus booster within 10 years, you will receive one (unless allergic to it) probably as a dapt (includes booster for diphtheria & pertussis). Probably will receive antibiotics since punctures prone to infection. ...Read more

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What puts someone at risk for puncture wound of the foot?

What puts someone at risk for puncture wound of the foot?

Barefeet: And improper shoe gear in an environment with objects that can puncture the foot and even the shoe gear puts someone at higher risk. ...Read more

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How do you treat puncture wound of the foot?

How do you treat puncture wound of the foot?

Depends on cause: Cause is important. Site must be examined carefully for foreign materials, cleaned very thoroughly, any dead tissue removed from the full depth of the wound. Best to see physician due to risks of infection and problems. Immediately do your best to clean, rinse, perhaps use peroxide (dilute to 1/2 strgth), cover with antibiotic ointment and dressing and see your doctor. ...Read more

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What can I do about a puncture wound on the bottom of my foot?

What can I do about a puncture wound on the bottom of my foot?

See a doctor: Make sure your tetanus booster is up to date, and seeing a doctor can make sure it can heal without having a deep infection develop. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a sewing needle foot puncture wound to take a long time to heal?

Is it normal for a sewing needle foot puncture wound to take a long time to heal?

Depends on a lot: Is the needle or portion of it in your foot? An infection can cause delayed healing and pain. Did you have a tetanus shot in last 5 years? Are you diabetic? Those with poor ciculation or immunocompomised will have delayed or no healing.

By the way, how long has it been? An uncomplicated stick from a needle if cared for properly in a healthy person should heal within 10 to n14 days. ...Read more

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I have a very good health food store with a knowledgeable owner. If she suggests a certain root or herb, can I use it safely for puncture wound of the foot?

I have a very good health food store with a knowledgeable owner. If she suggests a certain root or herb, can I use it safely for puncture wound of the foot?

Perhaps...: If the wound is superficial (that is, likely to heal on its own), I see no problem. If it is deeper, you probably need to be seen to make sure you don't need antibiotics to prevent a serious infection. Also, make sure your tetanus immunization is up to date. A tetanus infection can be life threatening and a tetanus booster will prevent any problems there. ...Read more

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of different treatments for puncture wound of the foot?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of different treatments for puncture wound of the foot?

Depends on injury: Irrigation, foot soaks and antibiotics for lesser/cleaner injury. May need irrigation and debridement for dirtier wound, plus tetanus and antibiotics. Diabetes, vascular dz and other factors may complicate this. ...Read more

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Pinprick puncture wound to foot outside with rusty safety pin. Immediately followed by ER trip and tetanus booster. Risk?

Pinprick puncture wound to foot outside with rusty safety pin. Immediately followed by ER trip and tetanus booster. Risk?

Minimal: Unless the safety pin was likely to have been fecally contaminated and have large numbers of clostridium tetani inoculated, the tetanus booster should provide adequate antibody protection. ...Read more

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I got a puncture wound on my foot from the wire on a tomato cage. I washed with soap, poured peroxide on it and put a bandage. What else should I do?

I got a puncture wound on my foot from the wire on a tomato cage. I washed with soap, poured peroxide on it and put a bandage. What else should I do?

Keep an eye on it: Also make sure your tetanus is up to date. You should make sure that the wound does not become infected - so look for signs of redness, pain and swelling. It also helps to have a physician look at it to make sure that you do not need to get on antibiotics. ...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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How do you take care of a puncture wound on sole of your foot?

How do you take care of a puncture wound on sole of your foot?

See doc: Will need good evaluation, tetanus, and likely appropriate antibiotics. Always possibly may need to be cleaned out better, and ensure no retained foreign bodies. ...Read more

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I have blood poisoning (red line) growing from foot from puncture wound in foot, what to do?

I have blood poisoning (red line) growing from foot from puncture wound in foot, what to do?

Lymphadenitis: That wound has gotten infected and the infection is going up throughout the lymph vessel and glands following what looks like a blood vessel pattern. You need to see your doctor for proper antibiotics and be sure to be up-to-date with your tetanus shot. ...Read more

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I am experiencing foot numbness and pins and needles 5 weeks after puncture wound injury to ball of foot. Is this normal?

I am experiencing foot numbness and pins and needles 5 weeks after puncture wound injury to ball of foot. Is this normal?

See a physician: You should be evaluated with a careful history and physical examination. This is not the usual course for a standard laceration or other such injury, so best to be seen promptly. ...Read more

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Why didn't my nail puncture wound bleed? It was a rusty nail and went deep into the foot through my shoe - last tetanus 3 years ago?

Why didn't my nail puncture wound bleed? It was a rusty nail and went deep into the foot through my shoe - last tetanus 3 years ago?

Debridement: 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. You may need periodic debridement of you wound to remove any unhealthy tissue. ...Read more

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Hello doctori had a foot infection from a puncture wound. I took a course of dalacin c but the wound is still sore and I have a rash on my palms and feet. What should I do?

Hello doctori had a foot infection from a puncture wound. I took a course of dalacin c but the wound is still sore and I have a rash on my palms and feet. What should I do?

Get evaluated: A puncture wound in the foot is concerning. The depth increases risk for deep seated infection in a joint. Get in to your doc or a wound care center. Imaging, antibiotics and possible wound debridement/surgery may be indicated. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for puncture wound of the toe?

What is the treatment for puncture wound of the toe?

Doc visit: A puncture one of the toe should be thoroughly cleansed and debrided. You may require a course of oral antibiotics. Local wound care will make sure you heal up properly. If there's any suspicion that bone is involved then you should have a baseline x-ray. ...Read more

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Above my third toe is a puncture wound that won't heal. What should I do?

Above my third toe is a puncture wound that won't heal. What should I do?

See a doctor: If you have a non healing wound, you need to see a doctor to have it evaluated. ...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 advise 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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How do I treat a puncture wound in bottom of heel?

How do I treat a puncture wound in bottom of heel?

Disinfect with: Alcohol or betadine solution, see a physician/ er to make sure no foreign body is retained and the wound is cleaned out better, may need the rx for antibiotics. ...Read more

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If we treat my child's puncture wound of the toe will it be gone, or do I need to keep worrying?

If we treat my child's puncture wound of the toe will it be gone, or do I need to keep worrying?

Probably not: If properly evaluated, treated and managed, the wound should heal uneventfully. ...Read more

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I had an infection from a puncture wound on my ankle. It's been 2 months now and feels numb but bone kind of hurts when I touch it. I took antibiotics?

I had an infection from a puncture wound on my ankle. It's been 2 months now and feels numb but bone kind of hurts when I touch it. I took antibiotics?

Updated Tetanus?: Did you get a tetanus shot during the ankle infection? Have you had a fever or tight muscles? You should discuss your symptoms with you doctor soon. You may need additional imaging to ensure there is nothing more going on. Tetany or bone infections can be serious if left untreated. ...Read more

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Friend on antibiotic given by dr for a wound on toe. Has diabetes. But wound area looks black & skin rough. What to do now. Help.

Friend on antibiotic given by dr for a wound on toe. Has diabetes. But wound area looks black & skin rough. What to do now. Help.

Toe wound: Two things:
1: How long has your friend had diabetes? If the diabetes is somewhat new, your doctor can help your friend get rid of diabetes.
2: She/he must see a foot specialist!

Hope all goes well! ...Read more

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Will the antibitoic Cefixima help in the foot wound of my friend who has diabetes. The wound though small is oozing clear fluid. Pls advise.

Will the antibitoic Cefixima help in the foot wound of my friend who has diabetes. The wound though small is oozing clear fluid. Pls advise.

Before any anti-: -biotic is prescribed, a culture must be done. These diabetic sores tho small, may B very deep & hard 2 treat. He/she should B cultured. Also should B done on the advise of their internist, & an orthopedic surgeon should also B involved in the care. ...Read more

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Can antibiotics cause feet to swell?

Can antibiotics cause feet to swell?

YES: Some antibiotics, the extended spectrum penicillins for example, have high sodium loads, leading to fluid retention. ...Read more

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Should the foot swell after four weeks? Would an antibiotic be nbeeded?

Should the foot swell after four weeks? Would an antibiotic be nbeeded?

Likely not: But 4 weeks after what? Sometimes an injury or surgery can cause persistent swelling. Swelling can sometimes indicate infection. See your doctor to see what the cause, and appropriate treatment will be. ...Read more

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What are some antibiotic options for athletes foot?

What are some antibiotic options for athletes foot?

Antifungal: Athletes foot is caused by a fungal infection so needs to be treated with a antifungal. Bacterial infections are treated with antibiotics. A topical antifungal cream like Lamisil (terbinafine) or lotrimin should work. Also buy some antifungal spray powder and put it in your shoes once a week to prevent reoccurrence as this is the source of the infection. ...Read more

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Why isn't this lady on intravenous antibiotics when she has gangrene on her feet, she goes to these meetings I go to wk after wk?

Why isn't this lady on intravenous antibiotics when she has gangrene on her feet, she goes to these meetings I go to wk after wk?

Poor blood flow: To the foot/toes can result in dry black dead areas. Antibiotics do not help at all in this case. There is no blood flow to deliver them to the region anyway. The main worry is if the dry/mummified skin breaks open at some point and allows an infection to get into the deeper tissues. This is why the areas need to be monitored closely. ...Read more

Puncture Wound (Definition)

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


Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Wounds (Definition)

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