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Puncture wound

Puncture wound

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A puncture wound is an injury caused by a sharp object that penetrates the skin and underlying tissue, such as a nail, needle, or knife. Puncture wounds can be deep and cause significant damage to the skin, muscles, and other tissues. They can also lead to infection if not treated properly.

A puncture wound's most common signs and symptoms include pain, swelling, redness, and bleeding. Depending on the depth of the wound, there may also be bruising and discoloration of the skin. Puncture wounds can be classified as either superficial or deep. Superficial puncture wounds are those that only affect the top layers of skin, while deep puncture wounds can penetrate deeper into the body and cause more damage.

Treatment for a puncture wound depends on the severity of the injury. Superficial puncture wounds may only require cleaning and dressing, while deeper wounds may require antibiotics or even surgery. It is important to seek medical attention for any puncture wound, as infection can occur if the wound is not properly treated.

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