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Puncture Wound (Definition)

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Pinprick puncture wound to foot outside with rusty safety pin. Immediately followed by ER trip and tetanus booster. Risk?

Pinprick puncture wound to foot outside with rusty safety pin. Immediately followed by ER trip and tetanus booster. Risk?

Minimal: Unless the safety pin was likely to have been fecally contaminated and have large numbers of clostridium tetani inoculated, the tetanus booster should provide adequate antibody protection.

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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?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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