Scratched by a nail. Red circle appears. Emergency room?
January 15, 2011 2:13 PM Subscribe
"Go to the emergency room?" filter. My friend got scratched on the neck by a nail, or maybe by the edge of a board. The two cuts are very superficial. We immediately washed it and soaked it with rubbing alcohol. Now, an hour or two later, a red circle surrounds the area. Is this emergency-room material?
posted by salvia to health & fitness (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The two scratches are very superficial, almost as if a cat had scratched him with its claws. They are about an inch or two long, a quarter inch apart. The red circle surrounds the area and has a diameter of about 4 inches. It's not raised. It's not that the entire area is red; it's his regular white skin surrounded by a circle. It's very circular.
Time of getting scratched: 12:20 pm.
Time of washing off: 12:40 pm.
Time of first noticing this circle: 2:00 pm.
Our inclination is to go to urgent care, but if this is the kind of thing that regularly happens with ... rubbing alcohol? annoying scratches? ... then it would be nice to save the $150.
He had his tetanus shot renewed last month.