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

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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: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 5 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.
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Customer: replied 5 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 5 years ago.
The earlier you can get it, the earlier the antibody level will rise.
So please try to get it checked.