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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hi
User :   hello
Doctor :   how can i help you
User :   I punctured my index finger with a phillips head screwdriver and subcutanious fat is visable
User :   what is the best thing to do?
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   is it bleeding?
User :   not anymore. I applied pressure and triple antibiotic ointment and a bandage
Doctor :   you need to take a tetanus shot
User :   ok, will a scab form over the fat?
Doctor :   if the cut is very deep you need to get it sutured

Doctor :   take some oral antibiotics and pain killers for 5 days
Doctor :        
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Doctor :   hi
User :   back
Doctor :   are you back
User :   Yes
Doctor :   ok
User :   is motrin ok to take
Doctor :   do you have any more queries
Doctor :   yes Motrin is a painkiller and antinflammatory properties
Doctor :   you need to take it 3 times a day for 5 days
User :   will the exposed fat in the puncture wound cause any problems with the scabbing process?
Doctor :   yes some times scar can become irregular
Doctor :   the best way to prevent ugly scarring is to get sutured done
Doctor :   and you nned to take antibiotics to prevent infection for fast recovery
User :   I'm not really worried about what the scar looks like, I have my share of scars already so one more isn't so bad. I was just worried that the scab may not form easily over the fat since its slightly potruding above the skin
Doctor :   can you tell me the size of the wound
User :   about the size of a pencil eraser head
Doctor :   how deep is it?
User :   its through all layers of skin
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   if the fat is protruding there is chance of scab formation
Doctor :   since it is exposed to the exterior for germs
User :   so as long as I get a tetanus shot, take antibiotics and anti-inflamatory meds and keep it clean it should be ok?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   Tentanus shot should be taken with in 24 hours
Doctor :   do daily dressing to prevent infection
User :   ok, thank you very much for your help
Doctor :   It shows you have moved away from the chat, so I close the window. Please log in again if you need further medical advice.
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