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Fishhook Injuries - Check Your Symptoms

Call 911 if:

  • Bleeding from a large or deep cut does not stop or slow down after applying direct pressure, or blood quickly soaks through several bandages.

Call a doctor if:

  • The skin near the wound is blue, white, or cold.
  • You have numbness, tingling, or loss of feeling or movement below the wound.
  • You have a puncture wound to the face, unless you know it is minor.
  • Bleeding has slowed but has not stopped after 45 minutes of direct pressure.
  • You cannot remove the fishhook from the wound, or you think part of the fishhook may still be in the wound.
  • You have not had a tetanus shot in the past 5 years or don't know when your last shot was. If you need a shot, you should get it as soon as possible.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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