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With puncture wound of the leg what are my treatment options?

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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
7 doctors agree

In brief: Evaluation

Your treatment options are to undergo an urgent evaluation to assess the wound, obtain a history, explore, image and follow the wound.
Tetanus status should be up to date. Antibiotics may be perceived depending on nature of wound.

In brief: Evaluation

Your treatment options are to undergo an urgent evaluation to assess the wound, obtain a history, explore, image and follow the wound.
Tetanus status should be up to date. Antibiotics may be perceived depending on nature of wound.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Richard Zienowicz
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Clean it quickly

Puncture wounds need to be irrigated with an antiseptic solution like hibiclens or betadine.
If not available warm soapy water and cleansing with running water followed by antibiotic ointment and clean gauze changed twice daily should follow. Tetanus booster is indicated if longer than 10 yrs. Since last given.

In brief: Clean it quickly

Puncture wounds need to be irrigated with an antiseptic solution like hibiclens or betadine.
If not available warm soapy water and cleansing with running water followed by antibiotic ointment and clean gauze changed twice daily should follow. Tetanus booster is indicated if longer than 10 yrs. Since last given.
Dr. Richard Zienowicz
Dr. Richard Zienowicz
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Dr. Michael Matthew
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Depends

If the puncture was made with a dirty object and it's relatively small then it should be allowed to heal on its own.
If it was made with a clean object or is in a more cosmetically sensitive area it can be cleaned and closed. You may need a tetanus booster or antibiotics as well depending on the situation.

In brief: Depends

If the puncture was made with a dirty object and it's relatively small then it should be allowed to heal on its own.
If it was made with a clean object or is in a more cosmetically sensitive area it can be cleaned and closed. You may need a tetanus booster or antibiotics as well depending on the situation.
Dr. Michael Matthew
Dr. Michael Matthew
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