Symptoms and Signs of How to Treat Puncture Wound

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Medically Reviewed on 3/11/2019

Doctor's Notes on How to Treat Puncture Wound

A puncture wound is a traumatic injury caused by an object piercing the skin. This can be a superficial wound or a deep wound that penetrates into the tissues and organs beneath the skin. Causes of puncture wounds can include any sharp object, such as splinters, nails, scissors, glass fragments, or knives.

Signs and symptoms of a puncture wound depend on its location and severity. Common associated signs and symptoms are pain at the site of the wound and mild bleeding. In some cases, infection may set in and lead to additional symptoms like swelling, drainage of pus, warmth, and redness of the skin. Some puncture wounds may cause significant bleeding or loss of sensation or numbness in the affected area.


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