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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 three day ago. from a soup can lid. I It looks like it's healing okay, but there is swelling about 1/2 inch on the knuckle. It also lo?

It depends: It may look like it's healing well but you may have an infection under the skin. It also depends on how deep the cut was. Please follow up with your primary doctor if pain or swelling increases. ...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 my wheelbarrow and now a yellow layer is over the the cut with a slight pinkness around the cut is that bad?

I cut my finger on my  wheelbarrow and now a yellow layer is over the the cut with a slight pinkness around the cut is that bad?

Cut: A cut w/discoloration means a POSSIBLE infection. Please go to your doc or the emergency room ASAP. You need to catch this before it gets worse. Peace and good health. ...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

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I cut my finger on something dirty and rusty not a deep cut but anyway.had no alcohol only some parfum and iodin. Should i worry?

I cut my finger on something dirty and rusty not a deep cut but anyway.had no alcohol only some parfum and iodin. Should i worry?

Tetanus: Make sure you are up to date with your tetanus shot. Usually water and soap suffice once the bleeding has stopped. Look for pain, swelling, drainage as signs of infection. Keep it covered until crusted. ...Read more

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Cut my finger on a metal nail last night, woke up with a really bad cold & nausea.. Could this be related?

Cut my finger on a metal nail last night, woke up with a really bad cold & nausea.. Could this be related?

Suspect these are: Separate unless your finger appears infected (red, hot, swollen, painful, pus). When was your last tetanus shot? If you don't know or it has been more than 10 years - then get this updated. Take care. ...Read more

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Cut my finger on a sharp place on one of my teeth.. I don't think it's big enough to need stitches but it's deep enough that it doesn't want to close?

Cut my finger on a sharp place on one of my teeth.. I don't think it's big enough to need stitches but it's deep enough that it doesn't want to close?

Tooth puncture: The mouth is full of germs and a bite needs to covered by antibiotics and confirm that your tetanus is current. Keep it well irrigated and apply neosporin and watch for signs of infection. All the best. ...Read more

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Cut my finger on glass 2 weeks ago at the joint. Site of cut not really painful but its slightly raised, a bit pink and white in the middle with a dot. Its not healing or getting worse.Is it infected?

Cut my finger on glass 2 weeks ago at the joint. Site of cut not really painful but its slightly raised, a bit pink and white in the middle with a dot.  Its not healing or getting worse.Is it infected?

Possibly infected: You sustained the laceration two weeks ago and has not healed and you see pink and white in the middle, it all suggest it may be infected and only way we can be sure is by looking at your finger.See your doctor as you may need antibiotics if infection is confirmed. ...Read more

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I am experiencing limb spasms. I had cut my finger on metal 5days ago and received a tetanus shot. Now I have leg spams.

I am experiencing  limb spasms. I had cut my finger on metal 5days ago and received a tetanus shot. Now I have leg spams.

Talk with doc: I think best for you to have a discussion with a medical professional asap. While all unlikely, tetanus immunizations are not always effective in preventing tetanus. And tetanus is rather an uncommon reason for leg spasms but with the history I have to say ...talk with someone. I would want to be assured and I would start some antibiotics if I wasn't sure. ...Read more

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I cut my finger entirely off, it grew back fine?

I cut my finger entirely off, it grew back fine?

Was it replanted?: Cutting the finger off , will not grow back unless it is microsurgically replanted. ...Read more