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What happens if I get a puncture wound on my foot?

What happens if I get a puncture wound on my foot?

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

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Puncture Wound (Definition)

A wound created by something sharp penetrating. Example a needle, a knife, a nail ...Read more


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What do you advise if i stepped on a thorn today and didn't treat the wound, what will happen?

What do you advise if i stepped on a thorn today and didn't treat the wound, what will happen?

If you are: otherwise healthy probably you will just develop an acute inflammatory response, possibly a temporary local infection which your immune system can handle and then it will heal. ...Read more

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What can I do about a puncture wound on the bottom of my foot?

What can I do about a puncture wound on the bottom of my foot?

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

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What do you advise if i scratched my leg and now there's a wound?

What do you advise if i scratched my leg and now there's a wound?

See your doctor: If you have a wound that is deeper than just a scratch you should see your doctor. You may need antibiotics and a tetanus booster (if you haven't had one in the past 5 years). ...Read more

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Above my third toe is a puncture wound that won't heal. What should I do?

See a doctor: If you have a non healing wound, you need to see a doctor to have it evaluated. ...Read more

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What to do if i got bitten by a dog on the top of my finger. It's bleeding, so what should I do?

What to do if i got bitten by a dog on the top of my finger. It's bleeding, so what should I do?

If bitten by a dog ;: Wound is minor - wash w soap ; water, apply antibiotic ointment ; cover w bandaid /bandage. Get tetanus shot if you haven’t had one in last 10 years or your don’t know. For more serious wound or possible infection, apply pressure ; obtain urgent care. Per mayo clinic, if last tetanus shot was > 5 years ago ; wound is “deep or dirty”, a booster shot may be recommended. If you are bitten by wild. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a open wound on my penis?

What to do if I have a open wound on my penis?

See a urologist: A wound in this location can become infected and be a serious health issue. I recommend you see a urologist as soon as possible for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a blood blister on my heel of my foot what do I do?

What to do if I have a blood blister on my heel of my foot what do I do?

Protect 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. Protect it well. The blister will gradually resolve with time. Check your shoe fit, may be tight, may have something in it. ...Read more

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I found a black widow and when I got out of the shower I had a blister pimple like on my toe... it hurts bad... do I need go to the doctor....

I found a black widow and when I got out of the shower I had a blister pimple like on my toe... it hurts bad... do I need go to the doctor....

Spider bite. : A spider bite, if that is what this represents, can lead to a significant bacterial infection which would need to be treated quickly. You should get to the doctor very soon. Like, now. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a callus on my feet and there is a wound in it. How do I get rid of the callus?

What to do if I have a callus on my feet and there is a wound in it. How do I get rid of the callus?

Depends on the cause: Many things can cause calluses. Some reasons that one may develop a callus include: viral infections (warts), friction, pressure, repedetive trauma, and a limitation of joint motion. Some genetic conditions may also cause people to develop calluses on the hands and the feet. Treatment depends on the cause of the problem. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What to do if I was bitten by a dog on the top of my finger. it's bleeding, so what should I do?

What to do if I was bitten by a dog on the top of my finger. it's bleeding, so what should I do?

If bitten by a dog &: wound is minor - wash w soap & water, apply antibiotic ointment & cover w bandaid /bandage. Get tetanus shot if none in last 10 years or you don’t know. For more serious wound or possible infection, apply pressure & obtain urgent care. Per Mayo Clinic, if last tetanus shot > 5 years ago & wound is “deep or dirty”, a booster shot may be recommended. If you are bitten by wild animal or ^’ed rabies ...Read more

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What should I do if I have a calluse on my middle finger and its infected besides go too the hospital?

What should I do if I have a calluse on my middle finger and its infected besides go too the hospital?

Take: pain medication and get to urgentcare,doctors office or emergency room as soon as possible. The infection may require drainage and or antibiotics and the callous debridement ...Read more

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I stepped on a rusty nail today that punctured my foot the puncture site is throbbing. Do i need to go to doctor? My last tetnus shot was in 2008?

I stepped on a rusty nail today that punctured my foot the puncture site is throbbing. Do i need to go to doctor? My last tetnus shot was in 2008?

Close Observation: That nail went through many layers of tissue and each layer heals at a different rate. Skin heals quickly, the deep tough connective tissues takes a lot longer. Minimize strenuous activity for at least a week and progress slowly. There is no way to prevent infection so forget antibiotics. Observe and get help for fevers, increasing redness/drainage/pain. Your tetanus is ok for 5 more years. ...Read more

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I scratched my finger on a nail that is very dirty.. Should I get a tetanus shot?

I scratched my finger on a nail that is very dirty.. Should I get a tetanus shot?

Yes: If you havent had in less than 5 years, definitely should. Tetanus is horrific and preventable. ...Read more

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I was scratched you a cat with a puncture on my leg. Can I get rabies from this?

I was scratched you a cat with a puncture on my leg. Can I get rabies from this?

Hard to say: Most local health departments keep track of the local rabies activity monitored by state labs. Domesticated pets are seldom a risk, but if there is rabies in the region and the cat can get outside, exposure can occur.If properly vaccinated, risk would be low. So there are specific points of missing information that limit my response. Infection/tetanus is a primary risk.You should call your doc. ...Read more

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Wounds (Definition)

Wound = injury to tissue. May include ...Read more