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Puncture Wound In Hand
Pinprick puncture wound to foot outside with rusty safety pin. Immediately followed by ER trip and tetanus booster. Risk?
Natural Healing: The good news is that area has fantastic blood supply and so healing will occur rapidly. Inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling) is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. Dressings and ointments are of no value there. Avoid further trauma to the area and let nature take it's course. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Puncture wound in hand from knife. Index finger will not bend. Have hand in splint. What else should I do?
Worried about tetanus. Small wound from metal bar in outdoor shower on farm between toes. Shots out of date. Cleaned/bandaged wound with gentamicin.
Give me a boost.: The general rule is to have a booster if it has been more than 10 years since last shot. If the wound is deep and contaminated and it has been more than 5 years since your last shot, you will need a booster. Your wound care sounds adequate, but there is no way of telling if it is adequate enough. To remove all doubt, get a booster. ...Read more
Cleaning wounds: Flushing a newly formed wound with copious amounts of clean water is the most sensible answer. If you had some medical 'grade' Normal Saline that was sterile to flush the wound that would be theoretically a better situation. Do not use toxic substances such as hydrogen peroxide -- these kill good healthy cells in the wound base. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
With a pot?: Not sure what you are saying. You broke you hand and now have pin and needles sensation in your hand w/ a pot? If you broke you hand within the past few days and you are having a pins and needles sensation if could simply be secondary to swelling, but it's also a sign that the fracture and associated swelling is having an impact on your nerve function. You should be seen urgently for this. ...Read more
Asbestos toxin: Any toxin such as asbestos should not be in an open wound; if it winds up there,please flush out the material with copious amounts of saline to clean out the wound. Afterwards disinfect the wound with a topical antiseptic spray then apply a clean, sterile bandage. Go to your Podiatrist or Primary to get an oral antibiotic. ...Read more
Cut fingertip with mandolin. Covered the wound with gauze. Twelve hours later, a piece of gauze stuck fast to wound. What danger in leaving gauze?
Soak and remove: Soak and remove it, or it may get trapped in the wound as the skin heals and cause ongoing irritation. If you cannot remove it easily, go to an UC or your doc and they can apply numbing agents and remove it. IF you have not had a tetanus booster in the last 10 years, get one within 72 hours of cutting yourself. ...Read more
Sewing needle prick wound with little blood after 24 hours, is there risky not cover the wound to touch things?
Blood and bateria that the trap in the wound under the closed skin 3. Should i open the wound skin to allow the wound to heal?
If you believe: You have a hematoma and/or infection within a wound you should definitely not, repeat definitely not manipulate it, see a physician as soon as you can for advice. ...Read more
Do those thick "advanced healing" bandages work? When put on wound, Air bubble eventually forms over wound. Means wound not touching bandage.
Yes.They can promote: healing.One always has to watch for increasing infection. ...Read more
Cactus needle punctured vein in hand which swelled up immed. Any treatment> patient is 65, a female in good health?
Small(not deep) puncture wound on side of big toe from clean piece of metal. Flushed it & antibio ointment. Last Tetanus in '09. Do I need another?
No: Your prior booster in 09 will have you covered. If you had dragged your open wound through a lot of soil and debris, and left it untended over a long period, it might be a benefit to some. Some advise landscapers and other outside workers to boost at 5 years if their work constantly exposes them to the tetanus spores.Your case does not rise to that level of concern. ...Read more