I normally wouldn't worry about it but last June I went in and got my hip replaced after waiting for 12 yrs. The surgeon who did my new hip told me for the rest of my life whenever I go to get my teeth worked on I should do a course of antibiotics first Yeah I should of gotten a few stitches but I have cut myself before and so I just clean out the wound and steri-strip them. Now its different because of my new hip and a staph infection I had before my new hip was put in. Any words from all you wise ones? It is a puncher wound in my palm just under my thumb joint in the fatty part. It's kind of jagged and about a half inch long and a half inch deep. My Ts and Ps are with you all!! Nan
I stabbed myself yesterday with a very sharp wood chisel, should I ask my dr for antibiotics?
- 23 Oct 2013 by nanimal
- 25 October 2013
I am sorry about your accident. I left you a message to see if you were OK. I guess I know! I am not going to ask what you was doing with wood! Due to what you have had to endure I would at least see your doctor.
Take care and let me know what the outcome of this is (if you want to)
From your friend
If your doctor told you that because of your hip replacement that you need antibiotics as a prophylaxis (?), then yes, you need to see your doctor. He can make that call. I have to take antibiotics before dental work, teeth cleaning, minor surgeries, if I'm cut seriously enough to need stitches. The reason is that bacteria can be introduced into your system very easily. Usually, your immune system will attack and destroy them before they can colonize anywhere. With a hip replacement, your immune system is already in overdrive trying to destroy an "alien" object in your body. That weakens your ability to fight infection. I have no immune system from cancer and chemo, so I have to take alot of antibiotics before invasive procedures. Like Chuck said, you need to be concerned about a tetanus shot too. Make sure it is up to date. That's the first thing they did when I cut my ankle, even before stitching it up. It is needed every 10 years.
Hello. My husband is a professional wood worker. He got cut in the palm of his hand and told me it would heal. He is very healthy. Rarely ill. I took a look and sent him to the ER. Puncture wounds with a chisel may be a clean cut, but they drive all that dirt in your Hand and bacteria into the wound.
Go to the doctor right away. I bet you are underplaying it just as he did when you called. A little cut for him required five sutures because that area was highly muscled and wanted to split apart every time the hand was used. It was slow to heal because of that splitting and the stitches were the one thing that helped with the healing. They irrigated it properly to clean the wound. He had a minor infection. Just sayin'. Watch for infection. Keep it covered for better healing.
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