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Puncture Wound Of The Ear In Children
Depends: Most traumatic perforations of the tympanic membrane (ear drum) heal spontaneously. Keep water out of the ear. If there is a hearing loss, vertigo or otorrhea (drainage), you must consult an otologist (ear doctor) for a more specific diagnosis and treatment. You should let us know the preceding event that led to the puncture and how large it is before specific treatment can be considered. ...Read more
Evaulation: Your ear needs to be evaluated. Uncomplicated simple puncture wounds of the main body of the ear lobule are likely to heal uneventfully. Wounds along the margin or involving the cartilage with fragmentation of the penetrating object are more likely to be complicated requiring surgery and antibiotics and follow up. Assure that your tetanus status is up to date. ...Read more
I have a puncture wound from cat claw to ear. It nearly went thru but it came out towards cartilage. Felt/heard it hit. Does this need special care?
Yes.: Have it evaluated as soon as possible to prevent possible complications. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
Puncture wound : A wound created by something sharp penetrating. Example a needle, a knife, a nail or a screw driver. ...Read more
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
Not a bite!: Ringworm is a (poor) lay term for skin infection by fungal organisms. Tinea capitis is "cradle cap." tinea pedis=athlete's foot. Tinea crura=jock itch. Tinea corporis=ringworm. Etc. This skin infection is common, and is treated by topical antifungal medications or oral antifungal drugs. Skin abrasions or punctures can be secondarily infected by these fungi, so they can spread by contact. ...Read more