Yesterday afternoon while pruning my roses, I got stabbed with a rose thorn on the top of my left thumb. Not thinking anything of it, I kept working. Later in the evening puncture area was sore and red. My husband told me to clean it and put some antibiotic ointment on it which I did. This morning the area is still read and sore. The thumb isn't swollen and the area isn't raised but it hurts to bend it.

My concern is after searching online that I might have an infection or even tetanus. My last tetanus shot was about 10 years ago and I know I'm due for another one. The problem is that we lost our medical insurance when my husband's hours at work were cut to part time.

Does anyone have advice other then to go to the ER?