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Puncture Wound


A puncture wound

is a hole in the skin made by a sharp, pointed object.

Puncture Wound

Signs and symptoms of puncture wounds may include

a bruised or swollen area. You may have bleeding, pain, or trouble moving the affected area.

Call 911 if:

  • You have trouble swallowing and your jaw and neck are stiff.
  • You have trouble talking, walking, or breathing.

Seek care immediately if:

  • You have severe pain.
  • You have new drainage or a bad odor coming from the wound.
  • You have numbness or tingling in the area of your wound.
  • Your wound does not stop bleeding, even after you apply pressure.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have more swelling, redness, or pain.
  • You have problems moving the injured part or have tender lumps in your groin or armpits.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Treatment may include

cleaning your wound to get out dirt and foreign objects. You may need surgery if the puncture has damaged your bones, organs, or blood vessels. Medicines to prevent or treat an infection may be given. You may also receive medicines to decrease swelling and pain.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Wound care:

Keep your wound clean and dry. When you are allowed to bathe, carefully wash the wound with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.

Manage your symptoms:

  • Rest your injured area as much as possible. If the puncture wound is in your leg or foot, use crutches for 2 to 3 days as directed. This will help keep the weight off your injured leg or foot as it heals.
  • Elevate your injured area above the level of your heart as often as you can. This will help decrease swelling and pain. Prop your injured area on pillows or blankets to keep it elevated comfortably.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.