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I cut my finger on a can lid. How long will it take to heal?

I cut my finger on a can lid. How long will it take to heal?

Depends: Healing of a cut will depend on the length and depth of the wound. It will also depend on if there were sutures placed or not. Infections of a wound can also delay healing. Wound location can be important because certain areas of the body heal faster or slower than others. Smoking and other chronic health conditions can also play a role in healing time. All the best! ...Read more

Finger Laceration (Definition)

Laceration = cut. Finger refers to the ...Read more


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I cut my finger on a can lid, what are the signs of lockjaw and how long should I worry?

I cut my finger on a can lid, what are the signs of lockjaw and how long should I worry?

"lockjaw": When did you last have a tetanus (lockjaw) booster? If more than 10 years or the wound was contaminated (dirt, etc), see your doc or county health dept for update. Signs of tetanus are marked muscle spasm of all muscles. Best to be immunized rather than wait for symptoms to occur. Now recommended that the booster also cover diphtheria and pertussis (tdap). If in doubt, get the booster. ...Read more

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What to do if i cut my finger with a can lid?

Control: Control bleeding with pressure. Cover with bandage. Promptly follow up at the local urgent care to determine need for stitches. ...Read more

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I cut my finger with a can lid 3 days ago and my finger is now swollen. Why is this happening?

I cut my finger with a can lid 3 days ago and my finger is now swollen. Why is this happening?

Most likely infected: seek medical evaluation and treatment right away. The goal is to avoid an infection that could cause permanent injury to your finger, hand or worse. ...Read more

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I cut my finger soup can lid this am, taking out trash. Cleaned, iodine, baggage with antibiotic. Not sure when last tetanus shot do I need one now?

I cut my finger soup can lid this am, taking out trash. Cleaned, iodine, baggage with antibiotic.  Not sure when last tetanus shot do I need one now?

Maybe,maybe not: Any wound that opens the skin can allow tetanus spores access to create an infection. A rusty nail is a classic exposure but any cut could be a source. Good cleaning and care can help.If you can't remember receiving a booster within the past 10 years it is a good idea to get one. ...Read more

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I cut my finger on class a few weeks ago now its healed but is swollen?

I cut my finger on class a few weeks ago now its healed but is swollen?

Glass may be in it: It is possible you have some more glass inside the cut, now healed. If red, hot in addition to being swollen there could also be infection. You should be seen to evaluate this possibility. ...Read more

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I cut my finger on saturday and got stitches and a bandage. how would i know if it is infected or not? I was suppose to get antibio but I cant afford

I cut my finger on saturday and got stitches and a bandage. how would i know if it is infected or not? I was suppose to get antibio but I cant afford

Laceration: your doctor must have felt that this laceration was at high risk of infection. That is why antibiotics were given in a the first place. Signs of infection include redness, increased warmth, purulent drainage, swelling, increased pain. The wisest thing to do is get the antibiotics as prescribed. You maybe less likely to be able to afford the complications of a bad infection! ...Read more

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I cut my finger on a staple on a matchbox that recently a man on the street also used. I'm worried that the man also cut his finger on the matchbox,HI?

I cut my finger on a staple on a matchbox that recently a man on the street also used. I'm worried that the man also cut his finger on the matchbox,HI?

"Needle Stick": I would treat this as we do "needle sticks" in the health care industry. For example when a needle used on a patient accidentally comes into contact with a health care worker. Viral infections such as Hepatitis and HIV can be transmitted in this route. Immediate cleaning of the wound with soap/water and alcohol is recommended. Ideally you could test the other person and know your risk. ...Read more