THESE, are produced by swords, daggers, etc.
Great swelling and inflammation, large abscesses, erysipelas, the wounding of large arteries, and the consequent extravasations of blood, symptomatic fever, and lock jaw, are the frequent results of punctured wounds. They are, therefore, more dangerous and hard to cure than cuts.
Treatment. For the first twenty four hours, use superficial dressings of lint, wet with some disinfecting liquid, and a loose bandage. If, after this, pain and swelling increase, hot fomentations may be applied, placing a small linen rag or gauze, that has first been soaked in the disinfectant, over the wound. When the pain and inflammation are great, saline purgatives (7), (18), (25), (2'1), and opiates are often called for.
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