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Puncture Wound On The Lip
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do not seal: Puncture wounds need to drain as have high potential for infection. They should not be surgically closed. And should be irrigated daily and sometimes packed with a wick to avoid premature closure at the surface. If you see any signs of cellulitis or purulent drainage seek care with your pcp. ...Read more
Get it evaluated.: When was your last tetanus shot? > 10 years or you don't know - get a tetanus shot. Purulent drainage? Red? Warm? Tender? Swollen? Red streaks? Please have this checked at an er or an acute care clinic. ...Read more
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