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Toothpick In Foot
Yes but don't do it!: An unpopped blister represents a closed sterile environment. Yes on occasion one can become infected then it is time to open it, however the risk of infection in a dressed open wound is still higher than that of an intact blister. The blister will gradually resolve with time. ...Read more
I stepped on a toothpick and I can feel it under my skin but MRI couldn't see it. It is painful what should I do?
Wood Foreign Body?: Usually these things show up on MRI as it can detect wood, which doesn't show up on plain X-ray films. If the object did not show up on MRI, then it has likely been removed completely and there may only be a few small remnant splinters. I assume you had the toothpick removed. Talk with the doc who ordered the MRI. You may have injured nerves in your foot, which is very painful. Followup w/ MD asap ...Read more
I may have swallowed half a toothpick. Do I need to seek additional help or will it pass? I seem to have a minor discomfort in the chest cavity
I: I would consult with your doctor. If it was a smooth object like a penny, it would easily pass with your stool. You may have no difficulty passing it; or it could injure tissue as it trasverses through your GI system. ...Read more
While eating dinner, I accidentally swallowed a small bit of a toothpick. Will it pass normally, or should I be worried.
No worries: It will pass just fine with no problems. Don't worry! ...Read more
Use sparingly: Toothpicks that are used overzealously can damage tooth enamel, lacerate gums, and even cause a broken tooth in severe cases. People who have bonding or veneers can chip or break them if they aren't careful. Overly aggressive use of toothpicks can severely wear the roots of teeth, especially in cases where gums have pulled away from the teeth and leave teeth with root surfaces exposed, in elderly. ...Read more
My stool has a groove in it, almost like someone scraped a line with a toothpick. Should I be concerned?
No: I don't think you should be concerned. However, if you notice that the stool caliber is becoming thinner or if you see blood in the stool/from the rectum or if you have new change in your bowel movement/ worsening constipation, weight loss etc in addition to the above-especially if you have positive family history of cancer- you should see and discuss with your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more
Would Tdap help me almost 2 months after puncture wound (toothpick)? Concrned about sympts I've had since injury. Or is it too late for me?
Too late for??: As far as the initial injury, if you were going to get tetanus, you would have already, and suffered the consequences. Since the injury reminds you that you have let your protection laps, having the vaccine at this time would give you ten years of protection going forward. Any symptoms you have now would be related to another issue. ...Read more
If my last question wasn't clear, what I'm asking is if I got puncture wound (stepping on toothpick) 2 months ago can a Tdap help retroactively?
Not this late: Any break in the skin can allow tetanus germs in, and if they had established an infection, you would have had tetanus toxin traveling in your body within a week. A booster at least every ten yrs can protect you for the future, but it looks like you were lucky this time. Rusty nails are the classical story, but any cut can become infected with tetanus. ...Read more
How can I get rid of a tonsel stone if it is hard to access using a toothpick? Can it hurt me in the long run if I don't get rid of it?
Don't use toothpick: Might cause significant bleeding which could be serious so please avoid. Usually they don't cause serious problems. I would usually recommend an ENT opinion about them and where removing the tonsils as a way of getting rid of the tonsolith is required or appropriate - they are often associated with recurrent tonsillitis. I suggest doctor or ENT consult to take things further. ...Read more
I have small holes on the skin of the bottom of my left feet its not hurting its like some one stabbed my foot with a bunch of toothpicks.?
Be seen: There can be many different reasons for your symptoms. Calluses, warts, clogged sweat glands, athletes foot and infection are some of the common reasons. You should be seen in person or virtually for a proper diagnosis and correct treatment plan! ...Read more
I have small holes on the skin of the bottom of my left feet its not hurting its like some one stabbed my foot with a bunch of toothpicks. Help me out
Bottom Foot Holes:
There is a condition you may have called Pitted Keratolysis that matches your description. Here is a link.
http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/1053078-treatment ...Read more
I may have eaten a piece of toothpick. I didn't notice anything, but found a broken toothpick with the tip missing in my steak. Should I be concerned?
Probably not: If you have no distress, then you should be OK ...Read more
I got a broken tooth its the first tooth in the upper jaw, and when I use toothpick to clean the food I recently ate inside it some brown appears on it?
Tooth decay: Is is an oral condition that destroys your teeth and affects the majority of the people. Tooth decay is usually painless, and may not produce any signals until it has damaged a deep part of your tooth. The only way to cure this disease is with professional dental treatment. Call your dentist today. ...Read more
I swallowd part of toothpick yesterday, went to the toilet normally today, but a sudden cough started! Could it be stuck in lung or heart?
18 month Old have black spot on molar. Can this be cavity? 2 days before there was nothing. It didn't go away with brush. Scared of using toothpick.
Hello, doctor. I have a question for you. Yesterday, I accidentally inhaled a toothpick and I don't know whether it ended up in my stomach or in my lu?
Immediate help: You need to seek immediate help, as ingestion or inhalation of foreign objects like the toothpick you mention are medical emergencies. You may be lucky and have limited to no issues related to this but don't leave that up to chance. If you have any difficulty breathing, are spitting up or coughing up blood, have abdominal pain or chest pain seek now! ...Read more
I believe I ate a piece of broken toothpick inside of a sandwich. Throat extremely painful and sometimes can taste blood.26yo f. What should I do?
You could see an ENT: You describe symptoms that warrant a look in your throat. If you see an ENT, that area could be examined to see what is going on. ...Read more
I touched a toothpick and I accidentaly touched my eye immediately after...can I spread HIV HCV or hbv? I didn't see blood on it but im scared...
Had my wisdom teeth removed and now half my lip and chin are numb, I can feel temp and pain if I prick it with a toothpick, is this permanent?
Not usually: Please call your surgeon. The sooner this condition termed ' paresthesia' is diagnosed & treated, the better the prognosis for total healing is. ...Read more
My tonsils are swelling slightly day by day. I daily clean out tonsil stones gently with a toothpick. I now have a canker sore there. Tonsillitis?
Cancker sore: You could of picked up a viral infection in the form of a canker sore by using the toothpick ...Read more
There is a small white nodule at the back of my throat in the tonsil skin folds. I have tried to remove it with a toothpick as my doctor says its not?
Tonsillolith: Try a water pick or a half-unbent paper clip ...Read more
Depends on cause: We need more information to determine the reason for the swelling and treatment would depend on the cause. If the swelling is related to being on your feet most of the day, putting your feet up at night might help. With an examination, your doctor can help guide treatment. ...Read more
Dry feet: Yes. It can be very bad to have dry feet. Your feet can dry out to the point where they crack open (like the dry desert earth). When this happens there can be open sores. Open sores on your feet are never good due to the fact that there is a high potential for infection. Do the easy thing and use hydrating lotion daily. ...Read more