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iVillage.com: Kitchen 911: How to Handle Burns, Cuts and Other Cooking Disasters

You Puncture Your Finger with a Fork or Knife

The difference between a cut and puncture is a puncture wound doesn’t usually bleed a lot. “But the object [that stabbed you] can carry bacteria deep into the wound, especially if you were cutting up something like raw poultry,” says Darria Long Gillespie, M.D., an emergency medicine physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Most physicians recommend being seen and evaluated by your doctor within a day. In the meantime, watch for signs of infection such as pus, increasing pain or red lines radiating from the punctured area in the next few days.

Go to the ER if: You notice signs of infection, the puncture is gaping or appears deep.

(CREDIT: Altrendo Images/Altrendo/Getty Images)
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