Puncture Wound

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Care at Home

  • CLEANSING: * Wash the wound with soap and warm water for 15 minutes. * For any dirt or debris, scrub the wound surface back and forth. Use a wash cloth to remove any dirt. * If the wound re-bleeds a little, that may help remove germs.
  • TRIMMING: * Cut off any flaps of loose skin that seal the wound. These can interfere with drainage or removing debris. * Use a fine scissors. Clean them with rubbing alcohol first.
  • ANTIBIOTIC OINTMENT: * Use an antibiotic ointment such as Polysporin. No prescription is needed. * Then, cover with a Band-Aid to reduce the risk of infection. * Re-wash the wound and put on antibiotic ointment every 12 hours. * Do this for 2 days.
  • PAIN MEDICINE: * To help with the pain, give acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) or ibuprofen. Use as needed. See Dose Table.
  • WHAT TO EXPECT: * Puncture wounds seal over in 1 to 2 hours. * Pain should go away within 2 days.
  • CALL YOUR DOCTOR IF: * Dirt in the wound still there after 15 minutes of scrubbing * Pain becomes severe * Looks infected (redness, red streaks, pus, fever) * Your child becomes worse
  • WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: * Most puncture wounds do not need to be seen. * Here is some care advice that should help.


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