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My daughter has puncture wound of the arm. Where do I start?

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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Arm 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.

In brief: Arm 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.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Richard Zienowicz
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Cleanse it

Irrigation of a puncture wound with an antibacterial solution or 1/2 strength hydrogen peroxide or even clean soapy water will kill most bacteria in the wound.
Follow up with triple antibiotic ointment or other antibacterial. Continue twice daily until closed. Remember a tetanus booster if she's due for one.

In brief: Cleanse it

Irrigation of a puncture wound with an antibacterial solution or 1/2 strength hydrogen peroxide or even clean soapy water will kill most bacteria in the wound.
Follow up with triple antibiotic ointment or other antibacterial. Continue twice daily until closed. Remember a tetanus booster if she's due for one.
Dr. Richard Zienowicz
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Dr. Robert Alexander
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Visit your doctor

Puncture injuries should be seen by a physician or emergency facility to insure nothing foreign remains in the wound, that it is carefully cleansed, and routine wound care be instituted.
Punctures are different than simple cuts, and are often treated with preventative antiobiotics. Be certain her vaccinations are up to date.

In brief: Visit your doctor

Puncture injuries should be seen by a physician or emergency facility to insure nothing foreign remains in the wound, that it is carefully cleansed, and routine wound care be instituted.
Punctures are different than simple cuts, and are often treated with preventative antiobiotics. Be certain her vaccinations are up to date.
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