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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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I accidentally punctured my right hand with a screw driver two days, the puncture wound was quite deep, puss keep coming out.
Puncture wound in hand from knife. Index finger will not bend. Have hand in splint. What else should I 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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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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