Cut | Scrapes | Wounds | Abrasions
Is The Cut Serious?
Sometimes it can be difficult to figure out if a cut needs stitches or other medical treatment.
To help you decide if a cut may need a medical evaluation, here are some signs and symptoms to look for:
- The wound is deep enough to expose the dermis (the layer of skin beneath the outermost layer of skin)
- The wound is too large to easily press the edges together, which could be the result of a laceration or puncture
- It’s from a bite (animal or human)
- The cut is contaminated or was caused by a rusty object
What To Do: Seeking Medical Care For a Cut
If you do seek medical care for your cut, here are some important reminders to help ensure proper healing:
- Do not remove any object, such as a nail, that is stuck in the wound.
- Clean the wound, if possible, with some water and diluted liquid soap. Contrary to popular thought, hydrogen peroxide is not good for cleaning wounds, since it can damage the tissue.
- Apply pressure to the cut and try to elevate it. This will help slow the bleeding.
It May Be Time For Stitches
Depending on the severity of a cut, stitches or staples may be required to stop the bleeding and help the healing process. After cleansing and exploring the wound, our specialist may numb the area and apply stitches by carefully threading sutures from one end of the wound to the other. If appropriate, or a tissue adhesive – to fuse the edges of the wound together. Depending on the nature of the wound and the patient’s vaccination status, a tetanus vaccination may be necessary.