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I stepped on a mesquite thorn 2 days ago. It was a deep puncture

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I stepped on a mesquite thorn 2 days ago. It was a deep puncture tin the center of my heel...about an inch, but did not bleed much. It is more painful this morning and slightly swollen. What treatment is recommended? Do I need a tetanus shot?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 4 years ago.

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From your symptoms it seems that there is development of an infection.

When the wound was deep there can be an infection deep inside.

I would advise to consult your doctor for an examination.

You can need oral antibiotics for it.

The doctor will check your tetanus immunization status.

You may need a booster.

I hope this information helps.

I will be happy to assist, if you need any clarification.

Please feel free for any follow up query.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Is the booster time sensitive? I have a busy work day ahead and its going on 48 hours since the puncture.
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 4 years ago.
The earlier you can get it, the earlier the antibody level will rise.

So please try to get it checked.