My husband stepped down on a 4 inch nail yesterday. It went through his shoe, sock and quite deep into his foot - he said he could feel it hit a bone.
Ok, I have read through all the posts and am not too concerned about tetanus but am worried about infection
. He had a tetanus shot in the last 4 years (not that we think vaccines really "work", but according to the hospital, he is he is considered "up-to-date").
Honestly, not too much gets my husband down, but he is hobbling around and can barely put weight on his foot. The top of his foot is swollen and slightly pinkish where his toes meet his foot. He says it really hurts to move his toes, and (as expected) the bottom of his foot where the nail went in is slightly swollen as well. When I squeeze the entry area, a bit of "cloudy" blood comes out, so am thinking we have an infection brewing. (I bet there are some sock fibers/dirt way up inside - hopefully not any shoe rubber!?)
Anyway, what I have done so far. Cleaned it with warm water, soap, hydrogen peroxide and then put a slice of garlic on it and covered with a bandaid for a short while yesterday (we were working and he didn't want to stop). I had him come in a couple hours later and put a paste of colloidal silver/goldenseal powder on and covered with a bandaid and he went out to work again. When he came in, I gave him a good dose (orally) of Echinacea/goldenseal tincture and we soaked his foot in hot water/Epsom salts.
This morning, I gave him another good-sized dose of the echinacea/goldenseal tincture again and will be soaking it again in hot Epsom salt water in a little bit. I am concerned to see swelling across the top
of his foot, even a small amount.
We don't have health insurance, so he is not likely to want to go in. Frankly, I have treated all of our ailments/injuries at home for several years now, but am not sure how to handle this if it gets seriously
Interestingly enough, I did call the hospital and they were concerned that I had used hydrogen peroxide as the nurse said it creates a barrier that does not allow the puncture to drain!? I had never heard that before, and peroxide is almost always the first thing I grab when a wound needs cleaning... Anyone else ever hear this?
Also, does any one have any more advice on how to draw the infection out?!