Do I need to be on antibiotics after removing peice of wood left hand
Surgeon recommends removing 1/16" piece of plywood splinter left in my hand 2 months ago. Stuck a shard of wood in left hand at the end of June and area became inflamed but got some antibiotics a week later when area became red and inflamed. Took Bacatrin and after a week area returned to normal but have a lump in my palm where scar tissue formed to encapsulate the wood and protect the body.The American Orthopedic "clean hands" policy ' doesn't recommend antibiotics but if the area of infection that is encapsulated is removed isn't there a chance to leave infection to smolder and possibly worsen. Look at the antibiotic and just an extra layer of protection as I know the body will do most of that on its own. Is this not the appropriate therapy?