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    Puncture Wounds - Check Your Symptoms

    Call 911 if:

    • The person faints or has other signs of shock, even if the bleeding has stopped.
    • 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 head, neck, chest, or belly, unless you know it is minor.
    • Bleeding has slowed but has not stopped after 45 minutes of direct pressure.
    • You cannot remove an object from the wound, or you think part of the object may still be in the wound.
    • A cut has removed all the layers of skin.
    • The cut needs stitches. Stitches usually need to be done within 6 to 8 hours.
    • A deep puncture to the foot occurred through a shoe.
    • A cat or human bite punctured the skin.
    • 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.
    • You have signs of infection. These may include increased pain, swelling, warmth, or redness; red streaks leading from the wound; pus; and fever.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: June 04, 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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