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Warm or cold water for puncture wounds?

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Old 04-26-2013, 11:54 AM   #1
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Warm or cold water for puncture wounds?

I just tried to research this issue, and I'm getting contradicting information. When should you wash or soak a wound in warm water and when should you use cold? And shouldn't you just use which ever one makes the wound feel better? If warm water causes pain, then shouldn't you use cold water or vice versa?

I recently received a puncture wound on my finger and warm water really bothers the area. In fact, everything was fine until I took a warm shower. Then my finger began to swell, become painful, and turned pink/red. Now I have to soak the area in cold water to get relief. I don't believe the area is infected. The wound seems to be healing nicely. Maybe the finger is just more sensitive to puncture wounds especially since it does get a lot of use.

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