Thorns, splinters, pieces of glass, fishing hooks or small metal objects can accidentally penetrate the skin. The most commonly affected areas are the hands and feet, especially when walking barefoot or doing various activities with our hands.Even if the lesions on the skin seem minor, it is good not to neglect foreign covers because they can cause additional damage.
The most common symptoms that indicate the presence of a foreign body on the skin are:
• inflammation of the area
• feeling of a foreign body remaining
• scratch on the skin
• the appearance of signs of infection
Following a trauma, it is recommended that the patient not try to remove the foreign body, if it is not on the surface of the skin because it can push it deep or the foreign body can break.
If the foreign body does not come to the surface easily, a specialized medical consultation is recommended. An examination of the patient will be performed at the time of the consultation.Removal of the foreign body is done under local anesthesia with xylin, a small incision is made in the area where the foreign body is, followed by dissection, identification and extraction of the foreign body and suturing the wound.In the case of older metallic foreign bodies, an X-ray can help us identify the location of foreign bodies.
• avoiding local traumas
• the sutures will be removed between 7 and 14 days depending on the area where the foreign body was located
• if the foreign body is at the level of the hand, it is recommended tomaintain a prone position to help reduce edema
• daily local wound toilet
• changing the dressing every 2-3 days or as needed
• In some cases antibiotic and anti-inflammatory treatment is recommended