Puncture wounds, face

Face | General Practice | Puncture wounds, face (Disease)


A face puncture wound is a puncture wound localized on the face. A person with a puncture wound has an opening through the skin, caused by a sharp object. The object pierces the skin and enters the tissue beneath the skin surface.

Symptoms of a puncture wound include a laceration, with pain, swelling, numbness, redness, or bruising around the puncture wound. Additional findings may include pus draining from the wound, or a wound foreign body.

Causes and Risk factors

Common causes of puncture wounds are wood splinters, pins, nails, and glass. Puncture wounds may also be caused by objects such as scissors and knives. Almost any sharp object can potentially cause a puncture wound

Diagnosis and Treatment

When the doctor evaluates a face puncture wound it is important to determine if the wound injured a blood vessel or a nerve. Puncture wounds have a higher risk for infection than abrasions and lacerations.

Treatment for a puncture wound includes wound irrigation, wound cleansing, and exploration of the wound. Additional treatment may include removal of a wound foreign body, wound repair, antibiotics, or tetanus vaccination. A severe puncture wound may require surgery to repair damaged tissue. ...