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"Does a penetrating nail prick injury on foot cause infection?"
What is the possible infection if PENETRATING nail prick injury on foot?
Any injury to the skin can lead to infection and that is why you should see a general or trauma surgeon to be evaluated. The skin serves as a protective barrier against outside pathogens including bacteria and viruses. Once the skin is disrupted, as by a nail, bacteria can enter the body. Once the bacteria enters your body it can disrupt the normal function of your organs. Infections that begin as very minor problems can progress to life threatening illness depending on the severity of the infection and the type of bacteria that is involved. Keeping an area of injury clean and bandaged can help prevent infections. Symptoms associated with a wound infection include fever, sweating, chills, foul odor from the wound site, purulent (white) drainage from the wound, redness surrounding the wound, swelling surrounding the wound, and severe tenderness. A number of different types of bacteria can cause wound infections. Following an injury caused by metal object, like a nail, there is a concern for tetanus infection. You may need to receive a tetanus vaccination following the injury. You should see a general or trauma surgeon to evaluate the injury and to determine if any further intervention is necessary. If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above you should go to the emergency room.
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