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These wounds occur when the skin has been completely punctured by an object that is narrow and sharp, such as a nail. Since puncture wounds usually seal over quickly, there is a greater chance of wound infection.
1) Soak the wound in warm water and soap for 15 minutes.
2) Scrub the wound with a washcloth to remove any debris.
3) Cut off any flaps of loose skin that cover the wound and interfere with drainage or removing debris. 4) Apply an antibiotic ointment and a bandaid to reduce the risk of infection.
5) Re-soak the area and reapply antibiotic ointment every 12 hours for 2 days.
6) Give acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Motrin) for pain relief.
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