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I have a thorn puncture wound on my hand which has a dark ring around it? Infected?

I have a thorn puncture wound on my hand which has a dark ring around it? Infected?

Need more info: Thorns, particularly rose thorns may transmit a rare form of infection, but what you are describing sounds like you may have had minor bleeding with secondary discoloration around the wound. If it does not swell up, become red and tender, or develop soft tissue nodules spreading upwards, do not worry. ...Read more

Puncture Wound (Definition)

A wound created by something sharp penetrating. Example a needle, a knife, a nail ...Read more


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Need doctor help! Is my puncture wound from a thorn infected? How can you tell?

Need doctor help! Is my puncture wound from a thorn infected? How can you tell?

Check Redness/tender: Infectins will be red, tender, and swollen.
Hot compresse will help to bring it to a head and relieve the pressure. Topical antibiotics will keep the puncture draining so any infection does not get trapped deep.
Make sure your tetanus shot is up to date. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is anything I can/should do for an infected puncture wound?

Timing is important.: If redness resulted immediately following the puncture wound it could be a result of histamine release and not infection. If redness, pain, swelling developed days later then that could be consistent with infection. If the latter occurred you should seek medical attention. ...Read more

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How should you treat a puncture wound to the heal/palm lower part of the hand?

How should you treat a puncture wound to the heal/palm lower part of the hand?

Observation: Unfortunately, puncture wounds tend to close vary rapidly so soap, water and topical treatments are essentially worthless. The problem is that the puncture pushes foreign material deep into the tissues and so not much can be done unless the problem materializes additional trauma from cleansing may worsen things. Make sure tetanus is ok and then watch carefully. Get to a doc for increased pain. ...Read more

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Would a puncture wound infected with tetanus typically exhibit some obvious signs?

Would a puncture wound infected with tetanus typically exhibit some obvious signs?

No it does not: No the wound will not exiibit any signs as tetanus bacteria is not visible ...Read more

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Do I need to see the doctor for an infected puncture wound under my fingernail?

Do I need to see the doctor for an infected puncture wound under my fingernail?

Yes: For appropriate antibiotics and incision and drainage to avoid spread to the bone and cause osteomyelitis and well as spread up the arm (lymphangitis with cellulitis). ...Read more

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I have a small puncture wound from a nail in the back of my hand. How can I treat it?

I have a small puncture wound from a nail in the back of my hand. How can I treat it?

Seek med attention: This could be the type of wound that might be prone to infection. If your tetanus status is not up to date, this should also be considered. Seek medical attention to prevent problems. ...Read more

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If a puncture wound becomes infected, what happens following the infection?

If a puncture wound becomes infected, what happens following the infection?

Many possible: Some symptoms of a puncture wound are pain, swelling, drainage, and redness. A deep infection could result in a bone infection. Have the wound properly evaluated and treated to avoid preventable complications. ...Read more

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What do I tell docs if im worried puncture wound 2mo ago (which has since had skin heal over it) is/was infected and now bothers me? What can be done?

What do I tell docs if im worried puncture wound 2mo ago (which has since had skin heal over it) is/was infected and now bothers me? What can be done?

Drain and Abx: If it is an abscess, with redness, swelling, pain, and or fever, it needs to be drained by your physician. Otherwise, there may be a foreign body bothering you like a splinter that needs to come out or glass. These can be removed by your physician. Also, antibiotics can be given for infection that might be present. In the meantime, you can put warm towels or wash cloth on it. See doctor. ...Read more

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What can be done for a puncture wound on my right hand near my thumb?

What can be done for a puncture wound on my right hand near my thumb?

Depends on...: Lots of different things, most of which can only be defined when you are examined by a knowledgeable physician. You need to make sure your tetanus immunization status is up-to-date. It needs to be determined whether or not there is evidence of damage to tendons, nerves, blood vessels or joints. If you feel it is not healing normally, see a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Puncture wound in hand from knife. Index finger will not bend. Have hand in splint. What else should I do?

Puncture wound in hand from knife. Index finger will not bend. Have hand in splint. What else should I do?

Medical Attention: Seek medical attention as soon as possible (do not delay). Based on your description, you may have a tendon injury. The wound will need to be cleaned; tetanus status checked… Best wishes. ...Read more

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My mom has a bad puncture wound and she says she cut her self to the bone. She has had numbness in her whole hand and I don't know what to do?

My mom has a bad puncture wound and she says she cut her self to the bone. She has had numbness in her whole hand and I don't know what to do?

Hand Injury: A puncture wound of the hand with numbness is an indication of a nerve injury. A nerve injury will not heal without proper treatment. Your mom needs to see a hand surgeon as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I stepped on a nail and have a puncture wound. Tetanus is good and I cleaned it. Any way to speed healing? I am training for a physical event...

I stepped on a nail and have a puncture wound. Tetanus is good and I cleaned it. Any way to speed healing? I am training for a physical event...

Punctured wound: Development of an infection is greatest concern and will depend on how deep the nail got. If shallow, rate of infection should be almost minimal. If deep, surface cleaning make not be enough to prevent bacterial infection. Close observation of the wound for redness, pain and tenderness is prudent and if present later, have your physician prescribe antibiotics. If there is pus, have md do a culture. ...Read more

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I have a puncture wound from a rusty nail and can't remember when my last tetanus shot was. It has been very well cleaned. Advice?

I have a puncture wound from a rusty nail and can't remember when my last tetanus shot was. It has been very well cleaned. Advice?

Depends: Today it is common for OBGYNs to recommend the TdaP vaccine during pregnancy, but people remember it more for the pertussis part. If you had one with a pregnancy within the past 10 yrs you may be okay, if not the vaccine is a reasonable precaution and would give you protection now & for a while. ...Read more

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Very darkly discolored finger nail from puncture wound between nail & cuticle. Will I lose nail? How to protect finger tip til nail regrows?

Very darkly discolored finger nail from puncture wound between nail & cuticle. Will I lose nail? How to protect finger tip til nail regrows?

Nail bruising: After trauma to nail, it one can get a pooling of blood under the nail (subungual hematoma) which gives the nail a purple/maroon discoloration. If injury is recent and there is pain, please see dermatologist right away. It may be necessary to drain the blood from under nail. Whether nail will be lost depends on how much trauma and how much blood presses on junction between nail plate and bed. ...Read more

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Will I get tetanus - last shot 3 years ago - puncture wound - rusty nail in garden?

Will I get tetanus - last shot 3 years ago - puncture wound - rusty nail in garden?

Have it evaluated: Such injuries can potentially be dangerous as one may develop tetanus, or a number of other types of deep infections. If the wound was deep enough they may lead to bone infections. Have the wound properly evaluated and treated to avoid preventable complications. ...Read more

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I got bit by my friends yorkie. One puncture wound on top of myhand near thumb. Can't move my thumb without it hurting. Did it hit something serious?

I got bit by my friends yorkie. One puncture wound on top of myhand near thumb. Can't move my thumb without it hurting. Did it hit something serious?

Possible infection: With animal bites on the hand, one always has to rule out an infection. While it is possible that you may have an injury to a tendon, the more worrisome thing would be if an infection was present. Pain, swelling and redness on the thumb would be concerning signs. If these are not present then you are likely only dealing with trauma to a tendon.
Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is the best method (diet or therapy) to heal nerve damage from a puncture wound in my wrist?

What is the best method (diet or therapy) to heal nerve damage from a puncture wound in my wrist?

Nerve repair: If a nerve has been cut or even partially cut it will not heal on its own. You need to have the nerve repaired. If the nerve has been traumatized or crushed it might or might not heal on its own. See a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Why didn't my nail puncture wound bleed? It was a rusty nail and went deep into the foot through my shoe - last tetanus 3 years ago?

Why didn't my nail puncture wound bleed? It was a rusty nail and went deep into the foot through my shoe - last tetanus 3 years ago?

Debridement: Deep puncture wounds can be potentially dangerous as one may develop tetanus, or a number of other types of deep infections. If the wound was deep enough they may lead to bone infections. You may need periodic debridement of you wound to remove any unhealthy tissue. ...Read more

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A month ago an aids infected person kissed my hand and there was a small wound on my hand. Should I worry?

A month ago an aids infected person kissed my hand and there was a small wound on my hand. Should I worry?

No: Hiv is a very fragile virus and is not as easily transmitted as many often believe or suspect. You are not giving the virus any way to enter into your bloodstream even if you have a small cut. Also, even though HIV has been cultured from saliva of HIV patients, a kiss on the had to an open wound would not be enough to transmit the virus. Don't worry. ...Read more

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I cut my hand on a bronze statue. The wound bled but stop on its own. It has been 18 hours There is redness. Is it infected?

I cut my hand on a bronze statue. The wound bled but stop on its own. It has been 18 hours There is redness. Is it infected?

Too early: The redness you see after 18 hours is likely just inflammation. Infection, if it occurs, will be evident in 2-3 days. If it is progressing, have a Dr examine ...Read more

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I scrapped my hand and the cut is yellowish with a red ring around it with sharp pains but no discharge... Could it be infected?

I scrapped my hand and the cut is yellowish with a red ring around it with sharp pains but no discharge... Could it be infected?

Yes: The scrape could certainly be infected. Wash well with soap and water, dry, then use an over the counter antibacterial ointment like bacitracin. If the area of redness gets larger instead of smaller, or if it becomes hot or throbbing, see a dr to determine if you need antibiotics by mouth. ...Read more

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Can I be infected with HIV through shaking hands with my wounded hand?

Can I be infected with HIV through shaking hands with my wounded hand?

Very Unlikely: Unless the person you are shaking hands with has either fresh bodily fluids or fresh blood on them, the chance of transmitting HIV by such casual contact is remote. However, if you have HIV and have an open bleeding wound on your hand, the reverse scenario may be more of an issue, where it is you that should be concerned about transmitting HIV to others, if they have wounds on their hands as well. ...Read more

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Someone handshaked with me with a new open wound and blood on hand. I also have a cut on hand. His health is unknown. Do I need to test for HIV and HCV? What's the possibility to get infected?

Someone handshaked with me with a new open wound and blood on hand. I also have a cut on hand. His health is unknown. Do I need to test for HIV and HCV? What's the possibility to get infected?

No risk, no worry: Nobody ever gets blood borne infections from exposures like this. You would have to have a fresh cut of your own, which came in direct contact with wet blood from the other person's cut. This is nothing to worry about. You don't need testing. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have joint pain with cellulitis? Infected wound on knuckle. Pain has spread from just the cut to deep in the knuckle joint

Is it normal to have joint pain with cellulitis? Infected wound on knuckle. Pain has spread from just the cut to deep in the knuckle joint

It is possible: If a cellulitis spreads it can infect adjacent and deeper structures such as bone and joints. If that happens you would need to have it treated aggressively. You may need and incision and drainage and possible intravenous antibiotics. ...Read more

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