DR P. MARAZZI / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DR P. MARAZZI / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Splinter. Close-up of a splinter of wood in the finger of a 40 year old woman. Even minor injuries such as this may lead to infection. Diseases such as tetanus may be caught if a dirty object penetrates the skin. The wound is cleaned with an antibiotic solution and dressed. A course of antibiotic drugs may be required if a severe infection develops.
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