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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

Puncture Wound (Definition)

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


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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

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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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I was bitten by a dog and sufferred some puncture wounds and a broken hand. The doctor prescribed amoxicillin. Its rwo days later and the swelling h?

I was bitten by a dog and sufferred some puncture wounds and a broken hand. The doctor prescribed amoxicillin. Its rwo days later and the swelling h?

Infection?: Even with antibiotics, infections can occur. If the swelling is increasing, especially if it is associated with increasing pain and redness, you should get checked again. ...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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 do I do for a puncture wound of lip?

What do I do for a puncture wound of lip?

Superfast 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 more

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How do you treat puncture wound of the foot?

How do you treat puncture wound of the foot?

Depends on cause: Cause is important. Site must be examined carefully for foreign materials, cleaned very thoroughly, any dead tissue removed from the full depth of the wound. Best to see physician due to risks of infection and problems. Immediately do your best to clean, rinse, perhaps use peroxide (dilute to 1/2 strgth), cover with antibiotic ointment and dressing and see your doctor. ...Read more

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What happens if I get a puncture wound on my foot?

What happens if I get a puncture wound on my foot?

Puncture wound foot: Wash the area with warm, soapy water; cover with bandage; go to doc/er for definitive treatment. If cause of puncture was dirty/rusty & you haven't had tetanus booster within 10 years, you will receive one (unless allergic to it) probably as a dapt (includes booster for diphtheria & pertussis). Probably will receive antibiotics since punctures prone to infection. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat puncture wound of the eyelid?

What can I do to treat puncture wound of the eyelid?

Rapid evaluation: This is not an area for home remedies! damage to the eyeball can accompany any eyelid puncture! Get examined by an ophthalmologist or an er doctor asap! ...Read more

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What is the treatment for puncture wound of the arm?

What is the treatment for puncture wound of the arm?

Puncture wound arm: Tx similar for all puncture wounds: cleanse with soap & water; remove foreign bodies; apply sterile dressing. Provide antibiotics if appropriate. Update tetanus prophylaxis if indicated. Wound checks to monitor progress. If foreign body present, may need xray to determine extent of penetration/damage to vital structures. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for puncture wound on arm?

Puncture Wound Rx: As with all puncture wounds, immediate treatment with aggressive cleansing and disinfecting is the key. Any external dirt, particles, or objects must be removed. If bleeding is controlled, then a clean gauze dressing, changed every 2 days is sufficient. Watch for signs of bacterial infection with redness, more swelling, and drainage usually on the 2nd or 3rd day. This requires antibiotics. ...Read more

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What puts someone at risk for puncture wound of the foot?

What puts someone at risk for puncture wound of the foot?

Barefeet: And improper shoe gear in an environment with objects that can puncture the foot and even the shoe gear puts someone at higher risk. ...Read more

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What's the safest way to treat puncture wound of the lip?

Lip Puncture Wound: Get it evaluated in an er or urgent care. History and physical are required to assess for deep structure involvement, retention of foreign bodies, possible neurovascular damage, possible radiologic evaluation, updating tetanus status, etc. No other treatment may be required. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a man has puncture wound of the lip?

What does it mean when a man has puncture wound of the lip?

Exactly: It means he has an injury that caused a hole in his lip. Usually caused by a sharp pointy object (like a tooth), or something that stabbed him, like a pin or knife. ...Read more

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What can I do about a puncture wound on the bottom of my foot?

What can I do about a puncture wound on the bottom of my foot?

See a doctor: Make sure your tetanus booster is up to date, and seeing a doctor can make sure it can heal without having a deep infection develop. ...Read more

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Wounds (Definition)

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