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When should I see a doctor about a puncture wound?

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You should see a doctor if your puncture wound:

  • Bleeds a lot
  • Spurts blood
  • Does not stop bleeding after 10 minutes of firm pressure
  • Is to the chest, belly, or neck
  • Comes with severe pain, fast breathing or trouble breathing, vomiting, dizziness, or passing out
  • Is to the eye or in the throat. Leave the object in place. Keep the person calm.

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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