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Rusty Nail Puncture Wound
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.See 4 more doctor answers
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?
Be Immunized: A lot safer to get the shot early than to risk a serious disease.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 3 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
Tried to dig out hang nail on big toe, made deep puncture wound : (2 days later, swollen, red, pus, PAINFUL, radiates, throbbing, can't walk. Go to ER?
Dr??: Better to see a Dr if you can. ER otherwise.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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?
Pinprick puncture wound to foot outside with rusty safety pin. Immediately followed by ER trip and tetanus booster. Risk?
I got a small puncture wound from a rusty, metal toilet cleaning brush in our bathroom. Didn't bleed, but hurt, still does. Last tetanus shot 8 yrs ago?
Tetanus: This is uncommon in the USA because of immunizations. There are less than 70 cases a year. Since boosters are recommended every 10 years you should be fine, but it would not hurt if you went and got the booster now. You don't say where the puncture wound was. If in the sole of the foot make sure there is no infection. If the pain continues make sure the bristles did not break off in the 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 knowSee 1 more doctor answer