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Puncture Wounds - Check Your Symptoms

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If you any of the have the following symptoms, evaluate those symptoms first.

  • A cut that may need stitches, staples, or skin adhesives: Go to the topic Cuts.
  • Puncture wound caused by a bite: Go to the topic Animal and Human Bites.

If bleeding is the main symptom, see how to stop bleeding .

Do you have a puncture wound in your head, neck, chest, or belly?

Do you have a puncture wound that is bleeding?

Are you unable to remove an object from the wound?

Do you have signs of decreased blood flow at or near a puncture wound?

Do you have any loss of function at or near the puncture wound?

Do you have a puncture wound in your foot?

Do you think you have an infection?

Do you have swelling and bruising at or near a puncture wound?

Are you unable to adequately clean a puncture wound using home treatment?

Have you been stuck with a used needle?

Do you know or think you need a tetanus shot?

If a visit to a health professional is not needed immediately, see the Home Treatment section for self-care information.


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Last Updated: June 06, 2012
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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