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 Puncture wounds: First aid 

Puncture wounds: First aid


A puncture wound such as from stepping on a nail usually doesn't cause much bleeding. But these wounds can be deep and risky because of the risk of infection.

To take care of a puncture wound:

  1. Wash your hands.This helps stop infection.
  2. Stop the bleeding.Apply pressure gently with a clean bandage or cloth.
  3. Clean the wound.Wash the wound with clean water for 5 to 10 minutes. If dirt or debris remains, use a washcloth to gently scrub it off. If you can't remove all of the dirt or debris, see a doctor.
  4. Apply an antibiotic.Apply a thin layer of an antibiotic cream or ointment (Neosporin Polysporin). Change the dressing every two days for the first two days. Make sure to wash the area and reapply the antibiotic when you change the dressing.

    If you develop a rash after using some of the ingredients in an ointment, stop using the product and see a doctor.

  5. Cover the wound.Bandages help keep the wound clean and protected.
  6. Change the dressing on the salad.Keep the bandage clean and wet by doing this every day.
  7. Watch for signs of infection.If the wound doesn't heal or you start to experience increasing pain, pus, swelling, or fever, see a doctor. These are all signs that the wound may be infected. Dark red spots on light skin can indicate infection; however, this color may not be apparent on darker skin.

Seek prompt medical care

If you get a wound, get medical help right away if:

  • The leaf does not stop bleeding after being pressed firmly with a finger.
  • Is the result of an animal or human bite
  • Is deep and dirty
  • A metal object can cause a fire.
  • Where is the deep part of the body? The scrotum is deep in the male body. The neck and head are deep in the neck and head, respectively. The chest is deep in the middle of the chest, while the abdomen is deep in the lower part of the stomach.
  • This means the pain is over a joint and could be deep.

If you are injured and haven't had a tetanus shot in the past five years, your doctor may recommend that you receive a booster shot. The booster shot should be given within 48 hours of the injury.

If you were injured by a cat or dog and you're not sure if their rabies vaccination is up to date, try to confirm this with your doctor. If the injury was caused by a wild animal, you should seek advice from your doctor about which animals are most likely to carry rabies.

Puncture wounds: First aid /Conditions/Prevention

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