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Treating Cuts or Lacerations at Home

  • Apply direct pressure with gauze and elevate to stop the bleeding. 
  • Cleaning with a gentle soap and water will help reduce the chance of bacterial infection. 
  • Antibiotic ointment (such as bacitracin) and a sterile gauze bandage will help to protect the wound from further infection and water loss until a scab forms. 
  • If the wound is dirty go to your local FastMed for cleansing and possible suture repair.

Medical Treatment for Cuts and Lacerations

Doctor treating cut

  • Just as at home, the first step is to stop the bleeding from a cut or laceration.
  • Medication to numb the area may be given.
  • Cleaning is often the most important aspect of good wound care.
  • Your medical provider will decide the best way to repair your wound.
  • Some minor cuts can be closed with special adhesive tapes (Steri-Strips) or tissue glue (Dermabond). 
  • Deeper cuts may need stitches to repair deep structures.
  • Stitches to the skin surface can help to stop bleeding, protect underlying tissues, and lessen scarring.
  • If the wound is contaminated tetanus immunization will be given if it has been more than 5 years since your last immunization. Normally, the tetanus immunization is given every 10 years.
If you are uncomfortable treating a cut or laceration at home, visit a local urgent care clinic today.

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