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Stabbed With Pencil
When was your : Last tetanus shot? If it has been more than 10 years or you don't know - get another tetanus shot. Has any pencil lead broken off into your skin that needs to be removed? For signs of infection - redness, swelling, ^'ed pain, purulent drainage, heat, red streaks or fever - seek medical care asap. Take care. ...Read more
No likely: Pens are safe and would not be around if they made people sick from writing on themselves. Write on paper. ...Read more
Yes, need follow up: Vcjd, or variant creutzfeldt-jakob disease is a prion based disease belonging to the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies that result in progressive neurologic deficits. The incubation period for transmission of vcjd by blood transfusion to the development of the disease is 6-8 years after blood transfusion. Since there is no treatment, you should see a neurologist for follow up. ...Read more
Cut hand on door (small cut) don't know if lady with hep c touched door with bleeding wound at any point can I get hep c?
No risk: It is important to remember that viruses like hepc, HIV and others are strings of proteins that are connected by very weak bonds. They require many things to stay active and need living cells to reproduce and survive. Unless there was gross blood, mucous or some other organic substance from her body on that door and it got into your cut, the odds are very unlikely. ...Read more
Slightly pricked myself with used lancet needle when removing from pen. No blood seen on my finger. Hep c or HIV chances?
Very slight : You would need more blood exposure than that ...Read more
When was your : Last tetanus shot? If it has been more than 10 years or you don't know - get another tetanus shot. Has any pencil lead broken off into your skin that needs to be removed? The area needs to be well cleaned. It can be covered with a clean bandage. For signs of infection - redness, swelling, ^'ed pain, purulent drainage, heat, red streaks or fever - seek medical care asap. Take care. ...Read more
Pressure and elevate: To start. If still bleeding heavily or very deep, get medical attention. ...Read more
No Unlikely: No more than that type of contact is needed. ...Read more
My son 4 poked himself in the eye today with a small sharp peice of plastic wire no marks or blood, if it penetrated would i know? Would it bleed?
Not neccessarily: I would be be much happier as an ophthalmologist if the child was screaming or complaining. Corneal abrasions hurt. Injuries to the white of the can be painful or not. Penetrating injuries even with a piece of plastic that is described as ""sharp" cause me great concern about potential puncture wounds that can be devastating. The child needs urgent evaluation by a child friendly ophthalmologist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Bloody puncture at top of thumb, blood under nail, from a fork. Washed immediately, 6 times with soap+alcohol+betadine. How can I tell if infected?
When there's pus: Depending on what was on the fork, and the fact that it's metal, means making sure that you've had a tetanus booster. Also, with the puncture you are going to experience pain and throbbing. So if there's any signs of swelling or inflammation, or the skin is red, it needs medical attention. If it's a deep puncture, and you irrigated and applied soap, you still may need to see a doctor to start oral antibiotics. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I stabbed my finger with a staple, then touched a public toilet door handle with that finger and didn't realise i was still bleeding. Risk of HIV hepc
Having sharp short pains on my head, not like pins and needles when something "falls asleep" but like I just got poked with a small sewing needle.?
Need more info: I really need more information to answer this question. What location of your head does occur? Do you get any associated symptoms with the stabbing headaches? Blurry vision, double vision, fluid leakage from ears or nasal passages, headaches worsened in light, weakness of arms and /or legs, neck pain? Any history of closed head injury? First i would start with a brain mri. ...Read more
In elementary school got jabbed with pen or pencil in elbow. Mark still there. Now 35 and pregnant. Could lead be issue?
No: No. Nothing to worry about. If it bothers you, it can be removed though. ...Read more
What should I do I cut myself with a pocket knife on the tip of my right index finger near my nail? Clean new knife about 1 in deep bleeding
Keep it clean: I'm assuming that you cleaned it out by washing in cool clean water. Now keep it clean and apply anti-bacterial ointment. Also keep it band-aided to protect it as the hands can get exposed to many bacteria everyday. It is in an awkward area so it may take more than a week to heal ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer