Doctor insights on:
Treating Stab Wounds
WHy plants ?: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more
How can I treat each specific type of wound ( punctures, abrasion, avulsion, incision, laceration, contusions)?
There is not way to: cover this many topics in 400 characters or less. Encourage you to google each topic. ...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
See a physician: Diabetic wounds should always be followed by a medical professional who will ensure that you do not have an infection of the soft tissue or worse, the bone(s) beneath the wound. Left untreated, a diabetic wound can rapidly become a more serious problem. Schedule an appointment with a foot and ankle specialist with training and interest in wound management. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
I wouldn't ---: I am knowledge about treating stab wounds but i know that the outcome can be bad when we seek to treat our own trauma wounds. A physician can probe depth of wound, debride if needed, prescribe antibiotics if indicated, provide a tetanus shot, and suture. Can you do all those things for yourself? What will you do if the wound becomes infected or bleeds? ...Read more
Not any more: In the civil war, leg wound infections from gunshot wounds were so lethal that the best treatment was to cut the leg off. Today unless the bullet destroys a vital organ or blood vessel death from infection usually isn't a problem due to a variety of antibiotics and modern surgical techniques, but i still don't recommend getting shot! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Seek treatment : The human body when injured promptly sets upon the task of attempting to heal itself. If the injury itself does not compromise the functioning of a vital organ then when given enough time any injury involving the "soft tissues" of the body can heal. The caveat however is that if not treated appropriately underlying injuries can be missed , infectious and cosmetic complication can also arise. ...Read more
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
Healing: Your body will actually heal the wound. Triple antibiotic will help the healing process and help prevent infection. Vaginal wounds heal well as there is such a good blood supply. If this is just a small tear then this would be fine. If there is a large wound it should be evaluated by your physician. ...Read more
Pinprick puncture wound to foot outside with rusty safety pin. Immediately followed by ER trip and tetanus booster. Risk?
Depends on cause: Cause is important. Site must be examined carefully for foreign materials, cleaned very thoroughly, any dead tissue removed from the full depth of the wound. Best to see physician due to risks of infection and problems. Immediately do your best to clean, rinse, perhaps use peroxide (dilute to 1/2 strgth), cover with antibiotic ointment and dressing and see your doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
- Talk to a doctor live online for free
- First aid stab wound
- How to treat a stab wound?
- Infected stab wound
- Ask a doctor a question free online
- How common is it for somebody to get chest stab wound and not recover?
- How long do you have to be in the hospital for a stab wound in the stomach?
- Treating burn wounds at home
- Treating raptor wounds
- Abdominal stab wounds