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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
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
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 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
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
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
If I cut my finger on a can, can I wait 24 hours to go get a tetanus shot? My last one was 10yrs one month ago.
If the can: Was clean (not rusty or filthy) you can likely wait 24 hours. ...Read more
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
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
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?
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 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
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
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
I think it might: Need stitches or antibiotics. You need at least a tetanus booster. Get to a doctor before the weekend. ...Read more
I cut my finger almost completely off, it was stiched back on 5 days ago. What should I use to clean it?
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
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
Cut my finger open with a broken pot. If there was a pice left in the cut will the body slowly push it out without issues?
I cut my finger a month ago, now I can't bend my finger all the way otherwise it will stay stuck and its very painfull. What can it be?
Tendon injury: See a hand surgeon.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
Yes, if medically: Indicated - you are well within suturing time frame. ...Read more
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
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
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
What to do if I just cut my finger with a dirty old stanley knife blade, can I treat it on my own?
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
What to do if I cut my finger about 7 hours ago and it's still bleeding kinda badly. What should I do?
Apply pressure: And seek medical assistance.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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 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
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