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
- 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.