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Experience:  Board Certified NP, MS, RN. 25 years private practice & hospitalist
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I Just Got Poked IN THE Elbow By A Cactus Which Is USUALLY

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I Just Got Poked IN THE Elbow By A Cactus Which Is USUALLY No Big deal. However it has created pain generating all the way fun my arm into my hand
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Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 6 months ago.
Hello, The cactus spine probably hit a nerve. Are you absolutely sure the spine isn't still in there?
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Yes
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
U there?
Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 6 months ago.
Still here, takes a minute to type. Sometimes they are notoriously difficult to remove. You should wash the wound well with soap and water. Apply antiseptic and a bandage. If the spine (or tiny spines) were still in there, you would apply duct tape, and when you remove the tape, the spines come out with it. An ice bag in a towel applied for 20-30 minutes at a time several times a day can help with the pain.
Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 6 months ago.
You can take whatever over the counter pain reliever you have (Tylenol, Motrin, Aleve). If it isn't a lot better tomorrow you will need to see your doctor. Usually they are fine if you remove all of the spine, but sometimes a puncture wound can lead to infection, cellulitis, etc. Please let me know if you have additional questions about this. Kind regards, ***** *****~