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Treat a puncture wound from home!

If you do not have an increased risk of infection, you do not have other injuries, and you do not need a tetanus shot or treatment by a doctor, you can treat a puncture wound at home.

Step 1: Remove the object.

- Check to see if the object is intact and a piece has not broken off in the wound.

- Try to remove the object that caused the wound if it is small and you can see it. Be careful, and do not push the object farther into the wound. Do not wet the splinter.

Step 2: Stop the Bleeding

- Allow the wound to bleed freely for up to 5 minutes to clean itself out, unless there has been a lot of blood loss or blood is squirting out of the wound.

- Stop the bleeding with direct pressure to the wound.

Step 3: Clean the Wound

- Clean the wound as soon as possible to reduce the chance of infection, scarring, and tattooing of the skin from dirt left in the wound.

- Wash the wound for 5 minutes with large amounts of cool water and soap (mild dishwashing soap, such as Ivory, works well).

- Do not use rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, iodine, or Mercurochrome, which can harm the tissue and slow healing.

Step 4: Applying a Bandage

- You may need to protect the puncture wound from dirt and irritation. Be sure to clean the wound thoroughly before bandaging it to reduce the risk of infection occurring under the bandage.

Step 5: Tetanus Shot

-Determine if you need a tetanus shot or not.

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