Uhm, when was your last tetanus shot?
Um, a while ago....
It is a bit better this morning. But I will keep an eye on it.
Would be a good idea... tetanus bacteria can be found all sorts of innocuous places.
Good luck with the house showing!
Agreed. The thing about tetanus is that it thrives in low-oxygen environments, such as puncture wounds, not necessarily rusted things. Symptoms set in after a few days (4? I think, it's been a while), but tend to set in later the farther "out" the wound is from your main body.
More than likely it's *not* tetanus, since it hurts so soon, "stings" rather than throbs, and especially if you've been cleaning, which probably aggravated it. Just keep it clean and maybe covered if you think you'll be doing more of the same (though yeah, I can never keep a bandaid on in those conditions either). But if your tetanus shot is more than 10 years out of date, you might consider getting up to date (especially since you garden, and fertilizer in such wounds might be bad) or at least being aware of symptoms and signs.
...Er, that's all for your MEDICAL ALERT OH NOES of the day >_>
I can't remember when I last had a tetanus shot, so it's probably a good thing to get in and have one. Thanks.
Hope it helped, but not scared...I forget that other people aren't always "oh man, medicine = COOL!" *_*
Hope your finger feels better.
You might've gotten something small embedded within your finger, and the swelling is a reaction to the intruder. That happened to me a few years ago when my toe got poked by something small and I needed to go to hospital for them to cut my toe and pull it out with a magnet.
It's feeling a bit better this morning, so maybe there is a small wound and some cleaning chemical got into it.
Try soaking it in warm-hot water for about an hour-ish, zoethe
. If a little something-something got embedded or into it, that will help flush it out if it's something that didn't get too far in or has simply irritated it (like cleaning solution). Feel better!
Now that the swelling has gone down some, the point of irritation is identifiable, and it's not where I poked it, so I'm guessing that it was cleaning fluid. It's steadily getting better, but I think I will try your suggestion. Thanks!
Why up so early on a Saturday? (Asks the man who got up at 7 AM to let the dogs out and decided not to go back to bed.)
Early client ,eeting, for which I am preparing.
I totally love you. And stuff.
Hmm, my husband doesn't leave me random "I love you" comments. Maybe I should feed him to bears.
I got an infected hangnail a few years back that resulted in a streak going up my arm. Thankfully the nurse practitioner with whom I was working at the time gave me a prescription for antibiotics, or I would have ended up in the ER and possibly intensive care.
Gotta watch those little holes...it's weird how people can have a huge gaping wound that doesn't get infected, but one little teeny tiny nothing of an opening, and some nasty bug manages to find its way in. What was more astonishing to me is that as a nurse, I'm *constantly* washing my hands. Go figure.
Yowch! I will definitely keep an eye on it. So far it seems to be improving, but your cautionary tale is well-taken.
If it seems infected, you could soak it for 10 minutes in lukewarm water with a little bleach. That kills the bacteria. (The advice was given me by a pharmacist.)
It is slowly improving, but I may try that in the morning (just got in and deathly tired, but of course email must be checked).
Do you wear gloves when you clean house? It's possible that you've developed a reaction to one of the chemicals, especially if you basically use the same things every time you clean. I used to clean houses for a living, and by the time I was done I completely unable to use Lysol. Every time it got on my skin, I got itty bitty extremely painful blisters on two fingers. Never on the rest of them, just the first two. The body is bizarre in how irrationally it responds to some things.
Glad to hear it feels better!
I don't wear gloves. I probably should.