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I have a thorn stuck in the heel of my foot. I can't get it out. If i leave it do I risk infection?

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Dr. David Tobin
Podiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

It will get infected if it does not come out.

In brief: Yes

It will get infected if it does not come out.
Dr. David Tobin
Dr. David Tobin
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Thorn in Heel

Definitely you want to have that removed if possible.
Make an appointment as soon as possible for thorns can harbor bacteria, plus the bacteria on your skin could have gotten into the wound. As you wait for your appointment, you want to soak in warm water for hours at a time. Place 1 tablespoon of salt in the water and stir. The soaking will immediately start pulling any bad stuff towards the skin.

In brief: Thorn in Heel

Definitely you want to have that removed if possible.
Make an appointment as soon as possible for thorns can harbor bacteria, plus the bacteria on your skin could have gotten into the wound. As you wait for your appointment, you want to soak in warm water for hours at a time. Place 1 tablespoon of salt in the water and stir. The soaking will immediately start pulling any bad stuff towards the skin.
Dr. Richard Blake
Dr. Richard Blake
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In brief: Yes

Any foreign object in the skin can cause an infection.
See local podiatrist to remove and antibiotics if needed.

In brief: Yes

Any foreign object in the skin can cause an infection.
See local podiatrist to remove and antibiotics if needed.
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
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In brief: Thorn

Yep - as the other doc's said , see your podiatrist and get it out asap .

In brief: Thorn

Yep - as the other doc's said , see your podiatrist and get it out asap .
Dr. Thomas Inwood
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