Treating Cuts and Lacerations, No Matter How Big or Small
Cuts and lacerations can happen to nearly anyone, while doing just about anything. Don’t let a laceration go from something small to something dangerous, though. Just like any other type of wound, a cut still needs some medical attention, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant.
Should you find yourself in such a state, stop by Owl Now Urgent Care immediately so we may take care of you.
Types of Wounds
Cuts, scrapes and lacerations can be anywhere from minor to major head lacerations or puncture wounds. Here are some examples of different cuts and lacerations:
• Incisions Or Incised Wounds—These are often caused by some type of sharp-edged object, such as a knife or even sometimes a very thin piece of paper. Paper cuts often do not bleed, but they do hurt.
• Laceration—Different from an incishttp://www.owlnowurgentcare.com/editPage.php?p=169314&ps=498639ion, but often confused for one. Lacerations are often caused by blunt-force with an object.
• Abrasions—Also known as grazes, these are often superficial wounds that may not require major medical treatment, but should still be treated with some sort of anti-biotic ointment
• Puncture Wound—Puncture wounds are caused by something being shoved or punctured into the skin, such as a knife or sharp object.
Treatment depends on the type of wound, as well as wound depth and whether or not the wound only involves the skin or if other muscles or organs are involved. If so, they may also be affected by the injury.
Most superficial skin wounds do not require medical attention. Some wounds may seem superficial, but may later become more serious if the wound is very deep or the patient experiences major blood loss. Serious incisions, lacerations, and puncture wounds nearly always require medical attention.
It is always best to seek medical help when wounds are deep, bleeding profusely, or if the patient is complaining about serious pain.
For some wounds, stitches or skin glue may be necessary, whether they are the newer liquid kind or the good old-fashioned needle-and-thread. No matter how deep or shallow a wound, it may be best to keep the wound cleaned and covered to speed the healing process.
Other solutions to speed the healing process may include covering the wound with antibiotics creams available from the doctor or using cocoa butter or coconut oil to help soften the skin and minimize scarring. If stitches are involved, the doctor will give instructions as to how often to clean, re-dress, or cover the wound, and the patient may have to return to the Urgent Care to later have stitches removed, unless they simply fall out on their own. That may also be part of the healing process.