how to care for puncture wounds
November 12, 2008 6:36pm CST
a puncture wound-such as stepping on a nail-doesn't usually result in excessive bleeding. often, in fact, little blood will flow and the wound seems to close almost instantly. but these features don't mean that treatment is unnecessary. a puncture wound can be dangerous because of the risk of infection. the object that caused wound may carry tetanus spores or other bacteria, especially if it has been exposed to soil. you may need a tetanus shot.