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What Do I Do For A Puncture Wound Of Lip
Superfast healing: The good news is that area has fantastic blood supply and so healing will occur rapidly. Inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling) is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. Dressings and ointments are of no value there. Avoid further trauma to the area and let nature take it's course. ...Read more
Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more
Let me sewe: I am treating on the internet, but her what I do. Clean the wound with antiseptic solution from in and out, I use wound glue to close the wound from out side, continue the cleaning from the inside tell heal, possibly give the tetanus poster if he need it. ...Read more
Not if Complex: Although many regular doctors can treat a puncture wound if infected or complex such as underlying muscle injury then see a plastic, ENT or oral surgeon. ...Read more
Lip Puncture Wound: Get it evaluated in an er or urgent care. History and physical are required to assess for deep structure involvement, retention of foreign bodies, possible neurovascular damage, possible radiologic evaluation, updating tetanus status, etc. No other treatment may be required. ...Read more
Exactly: It means he has an injury that caused a hole in his lip. Usually caused by a sharp pointy object (like a tooth), or something that stabbed him, like a pin or knife. ...Read more
Lack of sensation: Any condition causing diminished sensation of the lips may predispose individuals to lip punctures. ...Read more
Depends.: Most puncture wounds to the lip will generally heal on their own unless there is a significant tear or laceration that requires suturing. The only "alternative" to suturing is allowing healing to take place similar to a scab if one were to fall and scrape one's knee. It is important to make sure that tetanus is up to date and to look out for signs of infection: redness, swelling and/or pain. ...Read more
No need for test: A puncture wound of the lip simply means something has pierced the lip. This is usually obvious on physical exam and requires no further testing. ...Read more
Hole: A traumatic hole not linear laceration or tear created by a sharp object such as a tooth or ice pick or tooth pick they should not be closed ...Read more
Maybe I worry too much, but I want to know how puncture wound of the mouth will affect my child's overall health.?
Varies by severity: Themouth is commonly exposed to trauma and is therefore accustomed and well suited to uneventful healing in instances of minor trauma. In the event of more extensive trauma, meticulous repair will likely minimize deformity or loss of function. Tissue loss or electrical injuries or thermal burns are more likely to result in long term deformity. ...Read more
Natural Healing: The good news is that area has fantastic blood supply and so healing will occur rapidly. Inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling) is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. Dressings and ointments are of no value there. Avoid further trauma to the area and let nature take it's course. ...Read more
7-14 days: It depends on how bad or big or deep the wound. It usually take 1-2 weeks if that is bigger than 1 cm in diameter and not deeper than 2mm in depth. ...Read more
Puncture Wound: Puncture wounds should be addressed by any doctor competent with wound care. Usually, plastic surgeons are good choices. The wound should be cleansed several times per day, antibiotic ointment should be applied, and the wound may even need to have packing changed several times daily. ...Read more
Red +/- scab: It depends on the size and depth of the puncture wound; a small puncture may have some light, thin drainage and a faint red ring around the wound and a small scab over the top. A large puncture needs to heal from the base up. If it covers with a scab too soon, it may become fluctuant (mushy) and develop into an abscess. Deep puncture wounds (greater than 0.5cm) need to be seen by a physician. ...Read more
Healthy lifestyle: Keep it clean and moist and monitor for signs of infection or deep tissue injury. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Go to doctor!: Fever, pus from the puncture wound, swelling/redness that's worsening, pain that is unusual or out of proportion, bleeding, . ..If in doubt, call your doctor. These symptoms may mean your infection is getting worse, and may require surgical debrided net or IV antibiotics. ...Read more
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 more
Puncture wound foot: Wash the area with warm, soapy water; cover with bandage; go to doc/er for definitive treatment. If cause of puncture was dirty/rusty & you haven't had tetanus booster within 10 years, you will receive one (unless allergic to it) probably as a dapt (includes booster for diphtheria & pertussis). Probably will receive antibiotics since punctures prone to infection. ...Read more
Puncture wound arm: Tx similar for all puncture wounds: cleanse with soap & water; remove foreign bodies; apply sterile dressing. Provide antibiotics if appropriate. Update tetanus prophylaxis if indicated. Wound checks to monitor progress. If foreign body present, may need xray to determine extent of penetration/damage to vital structures. ...Read more
Puncture Wound Rx: As with all puncture wounds, immediate treatment with aggressive cleansing and disinfecting is the key. Any external dirt, particles, or objects must be removed. If bleeding is controlled, then a clean gauze dressing, changed every 2 days is sufficient. Watch for signs of bacterial infection with redness, more swelling, and drainage usually on the 2nd or 3rd day. This requires antibiotics. ...Read more
Barefeet: And improper shoe gear in an environment with objects that can puncture the foot and even the shoe gear puts someone at higher risk. ...Read more
See a doctor: Make sure your tetanus booster is up to date, and seeing a doctor can make sure it can heal without having a deep infection develop. ...Read more
See a doctor: If you have a non healing wound, you need to see a doctor to have it evaluated. ...Read more
Depends on a lot:
Is the needle or portion of it in your foot? An infection can cause delayed healing and pain. Did you have a tetanus shot in last 5 years? Are you diabetic? Those with poor ciculation or immunocompomised will have delayed or no healing.
By the way, how long has it been? An uncomplicated stick from a needle if cared for properly in a healthy person should heal within 10 to n14 days. ...Read more
Why ask?: That is a very unusual question to ask ...Read more
Is waiting 4 days too late to get a tetanus shot to prevent tetanus after a deep puncture wound? Is it too late?
Hi- I thought I had a puncture wound from a sea urchin. I was prescribed Levaquin- the culture cane back as MRSA- is this an effective tx?
No: Your body may have dealt with the infection on its own thru drainage but if you still have active infection you need trimethoprim sulfa (Bactrim), doxycycline or (though less effective and not recommended), clindamycin, the only oral antibiotics effective against MRSA. Fortunately using warm compresses, and soaks, opening an abscess and draining the pus, will usually work even without antibiotics. ...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
Can I treat minor puncture wound myself? It has gotten swollen and red. Do not want to see doc cuz I've been there 10 times this year. Please help?
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It's 3 days since cat bit 4 yo and made puncture wound. Dr said just to watch. Everything looks like it's healing. Would an infection shown up by now?
I have an unexplained small puncture wound on my leg that was bleeding. B4 I saw it Ididnt even know I had it. Couldsomething have been injected intome?
I have a very good health food store with a knowledgeable owner. If she suggests a certain root or herb, can I use it safely for puncture wound of the foot?
Perhaps...: If the wound is superficial (that is, likely to heal on its own), I see no problem. If it is deeper, you probably need to be seen to make sure you don't need antibiotics to prevent a serious infection. Also, make sure your tetanus immunization is up to date. A tetanus infection can be life threatening and a tetanus booster will prevent any problems there. ...Read more