Skin cuts

Overview

Symptoms

Skin cuts and scrapes are a part of everyday life. If the skin cut is deep and bleeds heavily, seek immediate medical attention. It is easy for deep wounds to get infected.

If the skin cut is minor, here is what you can do :

  • Wash your hands with soap and water. Hold the area under running water to clean the wound.
  • Smaller skin cuts stop bleeding on their own but to completely stop the bleeding, apply firm pressure on the would using a clean gauze. Hold the pressure steadily. If the cut does not stop bleeding, get medical help immediately.

Call the doctor if :

  • The cut is deeper than ¼ inch or you can see fat or muscle. This is a sign that you may need stitches.
  • You are unable to get all the debris out of the wound.
  • You have a puncture wound and have not had a tetanus shot in the past 5 years.
  • The wound is from an animal or a human bite.

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