Ask Health Experts and Get Answers to Your Health Question ASAP
The cactus spine probably hit a nerve. Are you absolutely sure the spine isn't still in there?
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.
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.