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I Cut My Finger On A Can Lid
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
"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
I cut my finger on a tin can lid last night and the cut is not closing and still open what should I do?
Depends...: If a deep cut, stich/super glue: if deeper, stich. ...Read more
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
I cut my finger on a slicer at work i got a techness shot and stiches do I need to take antibotics?
No not unless infect: No you do not need antibiotics unless the cut is infected. ...Read more
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
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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