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How can I clean and protect a puncture wound, and what’s the follow-up for treatment?

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  • If the object that caused the puncture wound is small and you can easily remove it, do so.
  • Use clean water to rinse the wound for several minutes. Then wash the area with soap and water and rinse again.
  • Apply an antibiotic cream, and use a sterile bandage to protect the wound.
  • See a health care provider for any signs of infection: redness, increasing pain, swelling, or pus at the site.
  • Ask the health care provider if antibiotics or a tetanus shot is needed.

From: Puncture Wound Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Seattle Children's Hospital: "Puncture Wound."

University of Michigan Health System: "Puncture Wounds."

American College of Emergency Physicians: "What to Do in a Medical Emergency: Cuts and Abrasions."

Healthy Children: "FirstAid."

KidsHealth: "Cuts, Scrapes and Stitches."

Information on Puncture Wounds from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 29, 2018

SOURCES:

Seattle Children's Hospital: "Puncture Wound."

University of Michigan Health System: "Puncture Wounds."

American College of Emergency Physicians: "What to Do in a Medical Emergency: Cuts and Abrasions."

Healthy Children: "FirstAid."

KidsHealth: "Cuts, Scrapes and Stitches."

Information on Puncture Wounds from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 29, 2018

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