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Worried about puncture wound?

Worried about puncture wound?

See your doctor!: Puncture wounds can get infected, as well as cause tetanus if one is not up to date with this vaccination. See your doctor for any puncture wound. ...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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What defines a puncture wound?

What defines a puncture wound?

Depth of puncture: A puncture wound is a wound that is deeper than it is wide. The cut on the surface will be small compared to the depth of the injury. ...Read more

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What can cause a puncture wound?

What can cause a puncture wound?

Puncture wound: Any object that is pointy and or sharp can have the ability to puncture the skin resulting in a penetrating wound. ...Read more

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How is a puncture wound treated?

How is a puncture wound treated?

Bandage: Bandage the puncture wound to protect it from the environment as it is healing. Watch for signs of infection: redness, swelling, increased pain, foul odor, discharge. You should also get a tetanus shot. ...Read more

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How can I treat a puncture wound?

How can I treat a puncture wound?

Do not seal: Do not close or seal a puncture wound. Clean and irrigate it out as best as possible and cover with sterile dressing. ...Read more

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How can I treat my puncture wound?

How can I treat my puncture wound?

Wound Care: Stop bleeding by applying pressure. Rinse wound w clean water. Clean surrounding skin w soap & water on wash cloth. Remove debris w tweezers. If material remains in wound – seek medical care. Apply antibiotic ointment. Initially cover w bandage until some healing has occurred. Change bandage when soiled/ wet or at least daily. Need tetanus shot if you haven't had one in last 10 years, don't know ...Read more

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How do you treat a puncture wound?

How do you treat a puncture wound?

Clean area well don': Make sure tetanus is up to date. Need to be concerned about infection given the deep penetration and may likely need antibiotics to prevent infection. ...Read more

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How could I treat a puncture wound?

How could I treat a puncture wound?

See a specialist: Puncture wounds, if deep enough, can cause many problems including a bacterial infection and tetanus. It is important to have the wound evaluated by a specialist and get a tetanus shot if you haven't had a booster in the past 5 years. ...Read more

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How do you treat a puncture wound?

Puncture wounds: Need to be cleaned externally and if need be, a tetanus (with diphtheria and perhaps pertussis) booster given. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a puncture wound?

What are symptoms of a puncture wound?

Go to doctor!: Fever, pus from the puncture wound, swelling/redness that's worsening, pain that is unusual or out of proportion, bleeding, . ..If in doubt, call your doctor. These symptoms may mean your infection is getting worse, and may require surgical debrided net or IV antibiotics. ...Read more

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What should I do about my puncture wound?

What should I do about my puncture wound?

Local hygiene: Wash with soap and water. Apply antibiotic ointment. Cover with a secondary dressing. Check your tetanus status. If worsens see your doctor. ...Read more

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What are fast ways to heal a puncture wound?

What are fast ways to heal a puncture wound?

First Question:: When was your last tetanus shot? If it has been >10 years or you don't know - than you need another one. If you have a particularly nasty puncture wound - you may need one if it has been > 5 years. Wound should be cleaned with soap ; warm water (antibacterial soap is good). It should be kept clean ; dry. If it becomes red, hot, swollen, has purulent drainage, red streaks - you need med tx asap. ...Read more

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I've got a puncture wound, what should I do?

See below: Depending on what caused it, you need to make sure your tetanus vaccination is up to date and then soak in warm soapy water, apply antiseptic and band aid. If signs of infection see a doctor asap. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I can manage a puncture wound?

Can you tell me how I can manage a puncture wound?

Do not seal: Puncture wounds need to drain as have high potential for infection. They should not be surgically closed. And should be irrigated daily and sometimes packed with a wick to avoid premature closure at the surface. If you see any signs of cellulitis or purulent drainage seek care with your pcp. ...Read more

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Must I seek immediate help if I have puncture wound?

Must I seek immediate help if I have puncture wound?

Puncture Wound: It is probably a good idea to have this looked at by your clinician since a puncture wound can cause structural and infectious problems (in addition to being painful). Your clinician will inquire about your tetanus immune status (a vaccine for tetanus is required every ten years). If you have a neuropathy, arterial disease and or are diabetic you must seek urgent help! ...Read more

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How long would a puncture wound take to heal completely?

How long would a puncture wound take to heal completely?

Depends: On the severity of the wound. With the right wound care soap water antibiotic ointment covered with a dressing, the wound shld heel within days to weeks. If things aren't progressing well or there is increased pain erythema etc, see your doctor. Check your tetanus status. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: puncture wound?

What is the definition or description of: puncture wound?

Puncture wound: A wound created by something sharp penetrating. Example a needle, a knife, a nail or a screw driver. ...Read more

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What is normal for a puncture wound? Cover over from inside?

What is normal for a puncture wound? Cover over from inside?

Red +/- scab: It depends on the size and depth of the puncture wound; a small puncture may have some light, thin drainage and a faint red ring around the wound and a small scab over the top. A large puncture needs to heal from the base up. If it covers with a scab too soon, it may become fluctuant (mushy) and develop into an abscess. Deep puncture wounds (greater than 0.5cm) need to be seen by a physician. ...Read more

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How can I manage my symptoms myself if I have a puncture wound?

How can I manage my symptoms myself if I have a puncture wound?

Likely not-need help: Fever, pus from the puncture wound, swelling/redness that's worsening, pain that is unusual or out of proportion, bleeding, . ..If in doubt, call your doctor. These symptoms may mean your infection is getting worse, and may require surgical debrided net or IV antibiotics. ...Read more

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Bitten by a friend's dog, one puncture wound. What to look for?

Bitten by a friend's dog, one puncture wound. What to look for?

Be seen: Any bite wound would be seen, as they can harbor several, particularly nasty bacteria. ...Read more

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How long does a puncture wound take to heal if not seeking any kind of medical intervetion?

How long does a puncture wound take to heal if not seeking any kind of medical intervetion?

Quickly: Puncture wounds heal quickly, but you need to be sure you are up to date on tetanus prophylaxis, and make sure no important structures under the skin were injured.
If you develop swelling, redness, or pain, go to the emergency room as these are signs of infection. ...Read more

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Discharge coming from puncture wound, what to do?

Discharge coming from puncture wound, what to do?

Get it evaluated.: When was your last tetanus shot? > 10 years or you don't know - get a tetanus shot. Purulent drainage? Red? Warm? Tender? Swollen? Red streaks? Please have this checked at an er or an acute care clinic. ...Read more

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What must I do if my puncture wound starts swelling?

What must I do if my puncture wound starts swelling?

Go to doctor!: Fever, pus from the puncture wound, swelling/redness that's worsening, pain that is unusual or out of proportion, bleeding, . ..If in doubt, call your doctor. These symptoms may mean your infection is getting worse, and may require surgical debrided net or IV antibiotics. ...Read more

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A little discharge coming from thorn puncture wound?

A little discharge coming from thorn puncture wound?

Be seen: It sounds like you have an infection. Be seen. There are many infections that can be from puncture wounds, and thorn wounds in particular. ...Read more

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What do I do? Swelling away from small puncture wound?

What do I do? Swelling away from small puncture wound?

Have it evaluated: Puncture wounds can lead of severe swelling and infections. These infections could spread deep down to bone. If it gets severe enough, this could lead to loss of limb or even life. With puncture wounds, one may also develop tetanus. Have the wound properly evaluated and treated to avoid preventable complications. ...Read more

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Is swelling around a puncture wound considered normal?

Is swelling around a puncture wound considered normal?

Yes, but..: While all injuries get some swelling, swelling can also be a sign of bleeding underneath the skin, or infection. Best to get evaluated by an md to make sure these complications are not occurring. ...Read more

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How can I accelerate the healing time for a puncture wound?

Healthy lifestyle: Keep it clean and moist and monitor for signs of infection or deep tissue injury. ...Read more

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What should I do about discharge coming from a puncture wound?

What should I do about discharge coming from a puncture wound?

Discharge from wound: You need to see a specialist as soon as possible. This may be an infectious process. ...Read more

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I can't seem stop puncture wound from bleeding! What should I do?

I can't seem stop puncture wound from bleeding! What should I do?

Clotting problem?: While at the doctor you may want to find out if you have a blood clotting problem. ...Read more

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Wounds (Definition)

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