Fish Hook Removal

ExitCare ImageA fish hook can cause a small cut or lesion that extends through all layers of the skin and into the subcutaneous tissue. Because of this, bacteria may get injected beneath the surface of the skin. A simple bandage (dressing) may be applied. This should be changed daily. Follow your caregiver's instructions regarding use of any antibacterial ointments.

Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by your caregiver.

If you did not receive a tetanus shot from your caregiver because you did not recall when your last one was given, make sure to check with your physician's office and determine if one is needed. Generally for a "dirty" wound, you should receive a tetanus booster if you have not had one in the last five years. If you have a "clean" wound, you should receive a tetanus booster if you have not had one within the last ten years.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You develop redness, swelling, or increasing pain in the wound.

  • You have a fever.

  • You notice a bad smell coming from the wound or dressing.

  • You notice pus or other unusual drainage coming from the wound.