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How can you treat a knife wound?

How can you treat a knife wound?

More info needed: A knife wound could be as simple as grazing your finger, in this case local pressure till bleeding stops, ensuring your up to date on tetnus, ensuring that it was clean environment, assessing amount of damage done, and if any concern warrants, and/or problems stopping bleeding, dirty wound, numbness etc, seek immediate medical attention. Any stabbing hold pressure, call 911, get to er. ...Read more

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What are the tests for knife wound?

What are the tests for knife wound?

More information: There are a large number of tests that might be done, mostly to detect any injuries to underlying organs or blood vessels. Depends on the location and depth of the knife wound. This could be anything from exploring the wound with a probe to see its depth, to an arteriogram (blood flow test for the arteries) to a CT scan. Some knife wounds need immediate surgery. ...Read more

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How long should it take a major knife wound to heal?

How long should it take a major knife wound to heal?

Depends on…: Size & depth of wound, amount of internal damage, location of wound, whether blood supply to area was compromised, individual healing patterns, presence of comorbid conditions like diabetes, infection, smoker. Surgeon that treated wound should be best source for healing time estimate. ...Read more

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How often should you change a bandage from a knife wound?

How often should you change a bandage from a knife wound?

Depends on Location: Basically, the depth of the wound and location determine the surgeon's timing of dressing changes. Some wounds require more frequent changes based on amount of drainage. For the most part, the rule of thumb is to change it every other day and keep it clean. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for knife wound?

What is the treatment for knife wound?

Depends: This depends on where the wound is located and how deep it goes. A superficial wound on the arm or leg may just require stitches. A deep wound over the abdomen, neck or chest may require emergency surgery. One could write half a textbook on knife wound treatment. See a doctor if there is a question. ...Read more

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How can doctors repair a knife wound?

How can doctors repair a knife wound?

Examine and stitch: First, a good exam is needed to be sure what was injured: skin only? Muscle? Tendon? nerve? bone? Internal organs? Repair of each of these requires different levels of care. Skin-only wounds might just need numbing, thorough cleansing, stitches and/or skin glue; and a tetanus shot, if it has been over 10 years since the patient had one. Injury to deeper structures will need the operating room! ...Read more

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Emergency medicine on a knife wound, what to do?

Emergency medicine on a knife wound, what to do?

Med evaluation: Wound may need to be probed, debrieded, sutured. Antibiotics or tetanus may be needed. ...Read more

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For how long does a serrated knife wound take to heal?

For how long does a serrated knife wound take to heal?

A serrated: Knife wound to the heart is a different matter that the same wound to the fingertip so your question is a little vague. ...Read more

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Will my knife wound heal without treatment?

Will my knife wound heal without treatment?

Seek treatment: The human body when injured promptly sets upon the task of attempting to heal itself. If the injury itself does not compromise the functioning of a vital organ then when given enough time any injury involving the "soft tissues" of the body can heal. The caveat however is that if not treated appropriately underlying injuries can be missed, infectious and cosmetic complication can also arise. ...Read more

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Should I go to the emergency roo for a deep knife wound on my finger?

Should I go to the emergency roo for a deep knife wound on my finger?

Deep Wound-: YES! You need wound care. Any DEEP wound to the finger is likely to have damaged an underlying structure (the finger isn't that big). You could need sutures or surgical repair. You may need tetanus shot, antibiotics or even pain medication. ...Read more

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How fast would a knife wound to the spleen kill you?

How fast would a knife wound to the spleen kill you?

Depends: If spleen is severely injured, very quickly. If the spleen has barely been touched by the knife, not at all. ...Read more

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Will painkillers show up on my army drug test if I had to take them for a knife wound I recently had?

Will painkillers show up on my army drug test if I had to take them for a knife wound I recently had?

About that....: If you do have a urine drug screen, you need to tell them all of the medications that you are on. They will sometimes look for a standard form 600 entry that documents the medication having been prescribed. So be prepared to notify them about your knife wound. ...Read more

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Boyfriend has a knife wound on his leg above his knee. How does he treat it?

Boyfriend has a knife wound on his leg above his knee. How does he treat it?

Depends on…: Type of wound (puncture or laceration), depth of wound (skin & fat only, muscle, tendon, bone), type of bleeding (venous oozing or arterial spurting), clean or dirty knife, status of tetanus boosters. Direct pressure to control bleeding; to er if heavy or spurting; er if wound gaping (needs sutures to heal well); to er to check for tendon injury, get tetanus booster, ± antibiotics to prevent infx. ...Read more

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I have pain where a couple scars are, one is on my abdomen about 7 in. Long and 1 in. Wide the other scar is from a knife wound on my back?

I have pain where a couple scars are, one is on my abdomen about 7 in. Long and 1 in. Wide the other scar is from a knife wound on my back?

Wide scar issues: The scars that you are describing appear to be quite wide. You may have underlying muscle or fascial weakness and could have a hernia. The other reason for pain can be trapped cut nerve endings. See your primary care first to establish the cause and you will then get referred to a specialist. ...Read more

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Can a knife wound cause gastrointestinal fistula?

Can a knife wound cause gastrointestinal fistula?

Yes: A knife wound to the abdomen is likely to cause a puncture to the intestines. When this happens the contents of the bowel can leak into the abdominal cavity. This requires immediate surgery to close the hole and wash out the contaminated abdomen. If there are many penetrating wounds or a delay in closure this can result in formation of a fistula-abnormal connection to the skin or other organ. ...Read more

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How could a knife wound in a fight cause amputation of an arm by surgeons?

How could a knife wound in a fight cause amputation of an arm by surgeons?

Loss of Circulation: A knife wound can sever important blood vessels and muscle tissues. Infection of the site may further damage the area, leading to gangrene or life threatening infection. Sometimes amputation is the only viable option and may be life saving. ...Read more

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After suffering a pneumothorax due to knife wound, why don't both lungs collapse?

After suffering a pneumothorax due to knife wound, why don't both lungs collapse?

THEY ARE: Separated into 2 sides, left and right lung so a puncture wound on one side of the chest will puncture that side's lung only. ...Read more

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How would you bandage my knifewound?

How would you bandage my knifewound?

Depends: If deep or in a spot where motion is important, you might seek an er or plastic surgeon to suture it shut and prevent long term damage. If smaller and the edges can be held together with a bandage, then you can use the bandage to help it heal. If in doubt, seek attention. ...Read more

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I have this cut that I haven't really touched from 4 days ago from a swiss knife. The cut wound's edges do not meet & there's a gap. What should I do?

I have this cut that I haven't really touched from 4 days ago from a swiss knife. The cut wound's edges do not meet & there's a gap. What should I do?

Keep it clean: We don't know where the cut is, but at 4 days about the only advice I can give is to keep it clean: wash it 2-3 times/day with soap and water (as my mother told me, "soap and water never hurt anyone.") if there are any functional problems: loss of motion or loss of sensation, these can generally be dealt with on a non-emergent basis. If not, this will probably heal just fine. ...Read more

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For centuries children and adults did ok treating puncture wound of the finger with home remedies. Why can't i?

For centuries children and adults did ok treating puncture wound of the finger with home remedies. Why can't i?

Not true!: For centuries some "children and adults did ok…". The rest died horrible deaths of tetanus or lost limbs to terrible infections. As long as you are comfortable not using hundreds of years of progress to improve your odds of a good outcome, there is no reason not to use the same remedies they used. Understand, though, that they would have given anything to have better tools! ...Read more

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Hello.2 weeks ago I cut my finger with a knife. It was a shallow wound. Now its ok, but I feel numb the area by the cut. Am I gonna feel soon.

Hello.2 weeks ago I cut my finger with a knife. It was a shallow wound. Now its ok, but I feel numb the area by the cut. Am I gonna feel soon.

Nerve recovery: We are covered with a lacy network of nerves that give us sensation in addition to the big nerves that come from deep down and spread out onto the skin like a tree. When the skin is cut, that surface network of nerves is interrupted giving you some numbness. You can probably expect complete recovery, but it will take time. Some incisions never regain full sensation, though... ...Read more

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I got a deep cut on my finger using a knife a few weeks ago. The wound has closed up, but now I have a hard piece of scar tissue there. What can I do?

I got a deep cut on my finger using a knife a few weeks ago. The wound has closed up, but now I have a hard piece of scar tissue there. What can I do?

Depends: It will take 6 weeks for the scars to begin to soften with any incision, and daily massage will help. However, with a deep cut on the hand you want to make sure you have no functional or sensory changes/losses. If you are unsure, seek treatment from a surgeon who specializes in surgery of the hand. ...Read more

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Last 48 hours I've had increasedmuscle spasms all over my body/immense pain in my neck. Cut myself with a kitchen knife puncture wound last week but haven't had tetanus shot in 12 years should I worry?

Last 48 hours I've had increasedmuscle spasms all over my body/immense pain in my neck. Cut myself with a kitchen knife puncture wound last week but haven't had tetanus shot in 12 years should I worry?

Yes: While the anecdotal time frame is to get a tetanus immunization every 10 years there is no accurate telling that your immunization is still effective. Your symptoms and the length of time since your injury could be the early symptoms of tetanus. I would advise you to see an infectious disease specialist or a neurologist asap. ...Read more

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Does gamma knife radiation surgery effect ability to produce children?

Does gamma knife radiation surgery effect ability to produce children?

Unlikely: Gamma knife is a targeted method for delivering radiation to a site routinely in the brain or spinal cord. Because of this targeting, there's less chance of collateral damage to bystander organs like those of your reproductive system. ...Read more

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Does gamma knife radiation surgery effect ability for a man to have children later?

Not usually: With any type of radiation, the risk of side effects depends on the dose and body part being irradiated. Gamma knife is a technique that delivers a high dose to a small area of the body. If the testicles and pituitary gland are not exposed to a significant dose of radiation, fertility should not be effected. ...Read more

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Wound in leg tip of knife went in 3/4 inch bleeding stopped should I be worried about internal bleeding or clots? It hearts

Wound in leg tip of knife went in 3/4 inch bleeding stopped should I be worried about internal bleeding or clots? It hearts

You: You may need to have a tetanus shot if your immunization is not up-to-date. However, if knife did not nick a deep vessel, internal bleeding is unlikely and deep clots are even more remote. If you have any doubt, you should go to your nearest emergency room. ...Read more

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I have diabetes and thyriodisim my wounds like knife cut or simplecut heels very slowely can I have c section? How that wound will heel? Plz help me

Yes,: That situation comes up frequently, you will be given medications, diet, and exercise to control your thyroid and diabetes, and antibiotics with the surgery done under sterile conditions and post-op wound care ...Read more

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I cut myself w the end of a possibly soiled knife. Idk how deep the wound is, tiny hole. Washed w soap, added polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin). Anything else I should do?

I cut myself w the end of a possibly soiled knife. Idk how deep the wound is, tiny hole. Washed w soap, added polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin). Anything else I should do?

Tdap Booster: I would agree that you should continue to apply antibiotic ointment, and keep the puncture wound clean. IF an infection were to occur, you would begin to notice redness or your skin, warmth, selling, and tenderness usually within 48 hours of the puncture.
If you do not recall when you last has a Tetanus shot/booster, you should get one of these. Tetanus shot is abbreviated as either Td or Tdap ...Read more

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Dropped knife onto foot on top of ankle. Bleeding stopped but now have watery discharge from closed wound.

Dropped knife onto foot on top of ankle. Bleeding stopped but now have watery discharge from closed wound.

Draining wound: The wound should be evaluated by a wound specialist. The wound fluid/drainage should be appropriately cultured to determine the contents of the drainage, and possibly isolating bacteria that may be causing the wound to drain. Based on culture results, antibiotics may be prescribed. Other modalities may be employed by a certified wound care specialist. Dr. H-. ...Read more

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Should I see a doctor? I was cutting the rubber off of a tire rim and slipped with my utility knife and stabbed a little below my knee. Half inch wide about as deep. A few days later a localized rash appeared around the wound. It is now a week and a half

Should I see a doctor? I was cutting the rubber off of a tire rim and slipped with my utility knife and stabbed a little below my knee. Half inch wide about as deep. A few days later a localized rash appeared around the wound. It is now a week and a half

It depends...: 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. If you develop pain, redness, swelling or other signs of infection seek medical attention to get the proper care. ...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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I am married in 1 year no children en problem in my health would you eat that type of food can be eat him in my husband and me?

I am married in 1 year no children en problem in my health would you eat that type of food can be eat him in my husband and me?

Chocolate: This is not scientific but neither is having babies! Try anything chocolate. Eat romantic foods. Avoid alcohol and stimulants. Relax. Enjoy being married without children. The more you relax and enjoy your spouse the better your marriage will be and the more prepared you we be to be a parent. You are learning patience and you will need it! OB doctors have solutions for you when wanted ...Read more

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Will my children get mg?

Will my children get mg?

Not necessarily: While about 5% of cases of mg are passed on in families, the majority are not. ...Read more