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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

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I cut my finger, how do I know if I need stiches?

Checks with an ER: Cuts to the fingers are very common. Generally, if there is persistent bleeding, exposed fat, or full thickness you should get stitches. ...Read more

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I cut my finger with a knife it now has no feeling could I have cut a nerve?

I cut my finger with a knife it now has no feeling could I have cut a nerve?

Possibly: In cutting your finger, you either cut the nerve or the swelling has caused compression of the nerve is causing the numbness. ...Read more

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Need help, I cut my finger deep doing a car repair, my finger is in pain, please help.

Need help, I cut my finger deep doing a car repair, my finger is in pain, please help.

I think it might: Need stitches or antibiotics. You need at least a tetanus booster. Get to a doctor before the weekend. ...Read more

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I cut my finger almost completely off, it was stiched back on 5 days ago. What should I use to clean it?

Don't: I would not take it upon yourself at this point to do any type of wound care, having had surgery so recently. Keep your followup appointment. If you think there is excessive drainage, call and have your appointment moved up. ...Read more

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I cut my finger with a knife 2 weeks ago and now it hurts to bend like I broke it! Did I brake my fringer?

I cut my finger with a knife 2 weeks ago and now it hurts to bend like I broke it! Did I brake my fringer?

Unlikely: It is unlikely that you broke your finger. If you are still able to move your finger normally but it hurts to bend, it is most likely a partial tendon injuries. Treatment depends on how much of the tendon is damaged, but most often these require surgical exploration to answer that question. I would recommend evaluation by a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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I cut my finger very lightly on a freshly opened can of dog food will I die or get a disease please answer?

Finger cut: If you washed the wound very well with soap and water then it is highly unlikely you will get a disease and die. The main prevention of disease with cuts is to thoughly wash and clean the wound. ...Read more

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Cut my finger about 10hrs ago. It looked deep quickly cleaned and dressed it, now you can barely tell I cut it. Is it possible to heal this quicly?

Cut my finger about 10hrs ago. It looked deep quickly cleaned and dressed it, now you can barely tell I cut it. Is it possible to heal this quicly?

Yes for surface only: While it is possible for the top layer of your skin to epithelialize (seal) within this time, it will likely have very little mechanical strength and is likely to open again if subjected to minor trauma. It generally takes at least 3 weeks to acquire signficant wound strength and the healing process may be active for up to 2 years. ...Read more

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Do I need stitches if I cut my finger?

Possibly.: May need stitches if wound depth > 1/4”, wound edges are gaping or jagged or if fat / muscle is visibly extending from wound. If you can’t stop bleeding that requires medical intervention. See: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/first-aid/first-aid-cuts/basics/art-20056711 ...Read more

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I just cut my finger and I'm 35weeks pregnant I washed it and etc is that ok?

I just cut my finger and I'm 35weeks pregnant I washed it and etc is that ok?

Yes: Flush under running water and then place pressure to stop bleeding. Urgent care needed only if you are unable to stop the bleeding. ...Read more

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I cut my finger 2 hrs ago, can it still be stitched?

Yes, if medically: Indicated - you are well within suturing time frame. ...Read more

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Cut my finger during cat dissection do I need to be worried?

Cut my finger during cat dissection do I need to be worried?

Not if u cleaned it: No you should not be worried, if you cleaned the cut well and it healed well. The soluations used for perserving cats is a pretty good antiseptic, antibacterial substance. In general the deeper the cut, the more attention should be paid to cleaning out the wound well before it is closed with sutures, staples, or steri-strips or a bandaid. As with any wound, watch for redness or a pus discharge. ...Read more

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Cut my finger with a kitchen knife 5 days ago. How do I know if its infected?

Cut my finger with a kitchen knife 5 days ago. How do I know if its infected?

The skin area: Will be red and warm to the touch. The area may be slightly swollen and tender. This is usually a superficial infection so the deep structures should not be involved. The motion of the finger and hand should not be difficult or painful. If painful or difficult, this may indicate a deep space infection of some type. ...Read more

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I cut my finger with a sharp knife and I do not know if its deep or not. Picture on profile?

See below: It's not the depth that is important, but where is the cut and are any of the tendons injured.
If not sure, see a hand or a plastic surgeon and make sure tetanus is un to date. ...Read more

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What to do if I just cut my finger with a dirty old stanley knife blade, can I treat it on my own?

What to do if I just cut my finger with a dirty old stanley knife blade, can I treat it on my own?

Probably not: The parts of your question that concern me are "dirty" and "old." old dirty metal items are frequent sources for tetanus and other common and equally concerning infections.

I would thoroughly clean it with warm water and soap, wrap it, and go to see your primary doc in a day or so.

If the cut is very deep, or if you start to develop pus-like drainage, heat, or swelling I would go to the er. ...Read more

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I cut my finger accidentally, then sucked blood from that area. Is there any chance of disease transmission?

I cut my finger accidentally, then sucked blood from that area. Is there any chance of disease transmission?

Auto-innoculation: Your blood is sterile. Unless you had something infectious on your skin, you're safe. You can't give yourself a disease you already have. ...Read more

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I cut my finger 8 hours ago. I washed the cut and put a bandaid on it. When I took it off 5 minutes ago, it bled. What do I do?

I cut my finger 8 hours ago. I washed the cut and put a bandaid on it. When I took it off 5 minutes ago, it bled. What do I do?

Repeat process: You should rewash the finger apply an antiseptic and put another bandaid on and leave it alone for a couple of days. Omit this finger when washing and let the clot mature and retract. Then you can remove the bandaid. ...Read more

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I just cut my finger at work as at 11:30 pm ET. It is now3:34 Am ET I wanted to know how I know whether to get stitches or not?

I just cut my finger at work as at 11:30 pm ET. It is now3:34 Am ET I wanted to know how I know whether to get stitches or not?

Go to urgent care/ER: It's best to have a medical evaluation in urgent care or ER. The depth of the cut would be an important predictor of the need for stitches. Http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000043.htm, http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/patientinstructions/000498.htm ...Read more