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Foot Puncture Wound Antibiotics
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Pinprick puncture wound to foot outside with rusty safety pin. Immediately followed by ER trip and tetanus booster. Risk?
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
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
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
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
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?
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?
See a doctor: If you have a non healing wound, you need to see a doctor to have it evaluated. ...Read more
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
Probably not: If properly evaluated, treated and managed, the wound should heal uneventfully. ...Read more
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
Tried to dig out hang nail on big toe, made deep puncture wound : (2 days later, swollen, red, pus, PAINFUL, radiates, throbbing, can't walk. Go to ER?
Dr??: Better to see a Dr if you can. ER otherwise. ...Read more
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.
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
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
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
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