When To Seek Medical Attention for your Cuts and Lacerations
Cuts and lacerations are terms used for the same condition. A cut refers to skin wounds with separation of the connective tissues, and is typically caused by a sharp object. A laceration tends to be caused by blunt trauma, and implies a torn or jagged wound. Typically, minor cuts and scrapes do not require a trip to the emergency room, and can be cared for with simple home remedies such as cleaning with gentle soap and water or applying antibiotic ointment. However, proper medical care may still be needed to prevent infection and further complications.
When should I seek medical care for my cuts and lacerations?
Seek medical attention if:
- The cut is deep
- The cut is over a joint
- The cut is from a human or animal bite, in which case, you may need a rabies shot
- You cannot get the cut or laceration clean
- There are signs of infection such as redness, swelling, pus, or excessive pain
- The injury is a deep puncture wound
It is also important to seek medical attention to help determine whether you need a tetanus booster. Tetanus is a serious condition resulting from a poison that is often present in dirt.
Visit your nearest Healthpointe Urgent Care location today to receive prompt medical attention for your cuts and lacerations. You can also give us a call 888-719-8448 for more information about what Healthpointe can do for you.
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