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I cut my hand deep enough to see my bone. What should I do?

I cut my hand deep enough to see my bone. What should I do?

See a doc: If a cut on the hand is deep enough to see bone it should be evaluated by a hand specialist or an emergency physician. There are many things that can be injured between the skin and the bone including tendons, nerves and blood vessels. We also worry about infection in the hand as this can have serious consequences. ...Read more

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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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Can bone get infected if you have deep hand cut?

Can bone get infected if you have deep hand cut?

Open fracture: With a deep cut that exposed bone can get infected if the wound get infected, it is not a typical scenario. However if the cut also cuts the bone such as with a saw, or there is devitalized tissue or there is an open fracture risk goes up. If the cut is due to a dirty source such as a bite or a farm injury and there is bone injury then that must be washed out properly to avoid severe bone infect. ...Read more

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Does it depend on how deep i cut my hand on a nail?

Does it depend on how deep i cut my hand on a nail?

Clarify please: The depth of the cut will dictate the type of repair needed for the wound. However, you should see a doctor asap as you may need your tetanus booster. ...Read more

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I fell in the mud and cut my hand. It's not so deep but it has very jagged edges. How do I get all the dirt out? Soaking it in soapy water didnt work.

I fell in the mud and cut my hand. It's not so deep but it has very jagged edges. How do I get all the dirt out? Soaking it in soapy water didnt work.

Baby toothbrush: You could use a very soft baby toothbrush (if they still make those) to scrub the wound. There could easily be some "staining" of the skin with the dirt such that the discoloration will remain for weeks. As long as you have washed it thoroughly you should be fine. Watch for swelling, redness, tenderness or pus draining from the area that would suggest infection. ...Read more

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Cut my hand between thumb and index finger with glass cup it is a little deep maybe 1.5 CM what do I do need help fast?

Cut my hand between thumb and index finger with glass cup it is a little deep maybe 1.5 CM what do I do need help fast?

Pressure: Anytime there is a cut and there's bleeding, you'll want to put continuous pressure with a clean towel, etc. If it's on your hand, we worry about tendons being involved, so if there is any difficulty moving your fingers or weakness if your fingers, it's even more important to see your doc. At your doctor visit, ask about a tetanus shot if you haven't had one in the past 5-10 years. Good luck! ...Read more

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I broke a bone in my hand almost 2 years ago and didn't bother to see a doctor. Is it too late to see a doctor now?

I broke a bone in my hand almost 2 years ago and didn't bother to see a doctor. Is it too late to see a doctor now?

No: As long as the bone heals without much deformity, there is probably no reason to see a doctor. If you have loss of motion, or continued pain at the fracture, you should see a hand surgeon. If the bone has failed to heal, or has healed in a bad position, surgery can still be helpful to correct the problem, even at 2 years. ...Read more

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I had a bone scan yesterday but could only see the computer when they did my hands . Both my wrists and knuckles where bright white . Is this normal ?

I had a bone scan yesterday but could only see the computer when they did my hands . Both my wrists and knuckles where bright white . Is this normal ?

Bone scan: Increased uptake in the hands is nonspecific. If it is near the joints (knuckles) it is likely degenerative joint disease / arthritis. If it is at the shaft of the bone it could be a fracture if there is a history of trauma. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a deep bone bruise in the hand take to heal?

How long does it take for a deep bone bruise in the hand take to heal?

2-4 weeks: It takes awhile for these types of contusions to heel completely...About 2-4 weeks. ...Read more

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Random, infrequently, acute,& deep (like my bones are being crushed) pain that goes from my elbow to my hand. Braces & OTC meds fail. What can I do?

Random, infrequently, acute,& deep (like my bones are being crushed) pain that goes from my elbow to my hand. Braces & OTC meds fail. What can I do?

Not an easy answer: In order to make a diagnosis of atypical problems a doc needs to take into account a lot of data and put the clinical picture together. This is what old-school "art of medicine" is. You mention CT scan (of what? and b/l mastectomy? for what? Breast CA? or prophylaxis? Many things factor into a diagnosis. I would recommend you see a competent family physician who can direct the investigation. ...Read more

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I have what feels like loose bone fragment on the right hand side of the bridge of my nose. it is approx 1 cm wide and i can now see it in the mirror?

I have what feels like loose bone fragment on the right hand side of the bridge of my nose. it is approx 1 cm wide and i can now see it in the mirror?

Seek Help: From your description it sounds like you need an evaluation. A detailed history and physical can help you. If there was trauma you may have broken your nose. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Hand injury i was recently in a accident where my hand and wrist were cut open severing the tendons muscles and legaments away from the bone of my thumb. And now I have little use of my hand. How long does an injury like this take to heal and how much of

Hand injury i was recently in a accident where my hand and wrist were cut open severing the tendons muscles and legaments away from the bone of my thumb. And now I have little use of my hand. How long does an injury like this take to heal and how much of

This : This sounds like a very serious injury. If you are unable to use your hand or move your finger that may mean that the ligaments or tendons were severely damaged, this may not heal on it's own. Please see your surgeon immediately. ...Read more

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Can a doctor tell if a person has had a sex change just by looking at them? Most people see a strong woman with high cheek bones and strong hands and they assume that that person has had a sex change why do certain women have high cheek bones and strong

Can a doctor tell if a person has had a  sex change just by looking at them? Most people see a strong woman with high cheek bones and strong hands and they assume that that person has had a sex change why do certain women have high cheek bones and strong

Hello : Hello in houston- you’re right, people do make assumptions, and they shouldn’t. Sometimes the woman with the big hands and roman nose is transgender, and sometimes she is…a genetic woman with big hands and a roman nose. And the short guy with small hands and delicate features usually is just a short guy with delicate features that he inherited from his short, delicate-featured parents. Why is it anyone else’s business, anyway? Why do you care what they think? There is a strong inherited (genetic, blood line, family) component to appearance. There is also a strong hormonal component. Picture twins, a boy and girl. Same age, similar genes, although not identical genes — identical twins are always he same sex. When the twins are young, if their hair and clothes are similar, it’s hard to tell which one is male and which one is female. Now imagine them at ages 10, 20, 30, up to age 80. They start to look more different from each other in their teens, and this becomes more and more apparent as they age, until about age 60, when they begin to look more alike again. What’s going on? It’s hormones. In their early teens, the boy’s testicles start producing testosterone and the girl’s ovaries make estrogen. The estrogen adds a layer of fat under the skin, making the girl’s facial features seem softer and the bones and veins in her hands and feet less visible. The boy’s testosterone has much more dramatic effects. Everyone knows that testosterone causes voice deepening and growth of facial and body hair. However, you might not know that testosterone also triggers the growth of facial cartilage. This is why, over the years, men develop larger chins, noses, and ears, and develop more prominent eyebrow ridges. If you think about the shape of a skull, you can see that most of the face is cartilage. The nose and ears have almost no structural bones at all. The hormonal effect on cartilage is what makes a man’s face look masculine. You can see from this why it is so much easier for transwomen to “pass” if they transition young, in their teens or twenties. Before age 30-35, there have usually been only mild testosterone effects on facial cartilage and appearance. When transwomen transition at older ages, especially after age 45, many cannot “pass” well without facial feminization surgery. In this type of plastic surgery, cartilage is removed from the brow ridge, nose, chin, and adam’s apple, resulting in a more feminine appearing face and neck. Because very few insurance plans cover any type of transgender surgery, many transwomen — if they can afford any surgery at all — have to choose between genital and facial surgery. The older a transwoman is, the likelier it is that facial surgery is more critical to her successful transition than genital surgery. Now the last part: why is it anyone else’s business, anyway? Why do you care what they think? Gender is the first thing most people feel they need to know when they encounter another person. If they are not certain of the other person’s gender, many people become anxious and agitated, and can become violent. That is why transpeople have to care if others notice, and what they may be thinking. If you are transgender, passing well is not just a matter of self-esteem; it’s also a safety issue. If you are not transgender, and you notice someone around you whom you think may be transgender or any sort of gender-different, keep an extra eye out for that person’s safety. Even if they are just a genetic woman with strong features or a man with small hands, those small differences can compromise their safety. Dr. Eva eva hersh is chief medical officer at chase brexton health services. Send your comments and questions to her by email at editor@ baltimoreoutloud.Com, or by surface mail to eva hersh md, chase brexton health services, 1001 cathedral st., baltimore, md 21201. ...Read more

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Tripped,fell,&hurt my nose,hands,&knees.Nose got scratches&cuts.The doc told me I didn't need nose x-rays cuz the bone didn't stick out.Is she right?

Tripped,fell,&hurt my nose,hands,&knees.Nose got scratches&cuts.The doc told me I didn't need nose x-rays cuz the bone didn't stick out.Is she right?

Maybe: Indications for nasal bone X-ray usually include obvious boney deformity, especially after soft tissue swelling resolves or persistent difficulty breathing through nasal passage(s). Obviously, if you suffer an open fracture (bone protruding through skin, urgent X-ray and surgical evaluation is indicated. ...Read more

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Should I see Doc.? Bumped funny bone a week + ago (severe pain unlike what I'd call normal), and is now worse. Elbow to hand is more pain, numb, weak.

Should I see Doc.? Bumped funny bone a week + ago (severe pain unlike what I'd call normal), and is now worse. Elbow to hand is more pain, numb, weak.

Elbow Pain: You are primarily complaining of having pain after hitting your elbow and describing Ulnar nerve compression. As the symptoms have been persistent for more than a week it is likely that U have traumatized this nerve and you can try using NSAIDs as tolerated. If symptoms are persistent he should have an EMG performed to evaluate for severity of ulnar neuropathy.I hope this helps. ...Read more

Hand Laceration (Definition)

Hand lacerations can range from minor things like a paper cut to major injuries where tendons ...Read more