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Rusty Nail Puncture Wound
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
Pinprick puncture wound to foot outside with rusty safety pin. Immediately followed by ER trip and tetanus booster. Risk?
Get medically : Evaluated. Cat claw? Wild animal claw? Aggressive dog claw? This needs wound care at the emergency room. When was your last tetanus shot? For a deep or dirty puncture wound - tetanus shot may be considered if it has been > 5 years since you last one. If it has been > 10 years or you don't know - then you definitely need another tetanus shot. ...Read more
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Any skin opening: An untreated foot laceration that clogged thru the swamp, mud & dirt would be the prime illustration of tetanus risk. Yet, a simple shallow opening in the skin, contaminated by tetanus spores ( that are all around us but predominantly outside in dirt) could give you tetanus. You put yourself at risk every time you let your system weaken & the booster is simple & readily available. ...Read more
Depends: The rusty old nail is the classic story of tetanus exposure but that is a myth. Tetanus spores are present in the environment, with higher concentration in the soils, but no location is always free of possible contamination. Any opening in the skin can allow tetanus spores or other germs to enter. Being up to date with a tetanus booster within 10 yrs is a simple and effective prevention. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Here is an: excellent and detailed description: http://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0615/p2547.htmlGet a more detailed answer ›
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
See doctor.: First of all you need a tetanus shot if you haven't had one for 5-10 years. Cats have relatively "dirty" mouths, meaning they have a lot of bacteria on their teeth, which get injected into you when you get bitten. Even if your tetanus immunization is up to date, you will likely have to see a doctor, who will determine if you need an antibiotic. ...Read more
Bandaid and topical: The best treatment would be to get the wound assessed by a doctor. With that said if the there are no lacerations in the nail bed and the rest of the nail is attached firmly, no treatment would be necessary except for maybe a bandaid with topical antibiotic cream for a few days. If the nail is loose it may need to be taken off by a doctor or it may fall off on its own soon. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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