Puncture Wound


General or Other | General Practice | Puncture Wound (Symptom)


Description

A puncture wound is caused by an object piercing the skin and creating a small hole. A puncture wound is not usually accompanied by excessive bleeding. Usually, these wounds close fairly quickly without any intervention.

Causes

A puncture wound is an injury that is caused by a sharp object that pierces or penetrates the skin. Puncture wounds carry a danger of tetanus. Tetanus is often a fatal infectious disease that is caused by bacteria (Clostridium tetani).

Tetanus bacteria usually enters the body through a puncture wound, which may be caused by nails, splinters, insect bites, burns, any skin lesion, and the sites of injection drugs.

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