Not all cuts and wounds are serious enough for stitches or even a doctor's visit. And it can be difficult to know when to go to the doctor and when you can get by with treating your wound at home. Fortunately, there are several unmistakable signs to watch out for. If you or a loved one gets injured, take them to an urgent care or emergency department if any of the following scenarios describe your situation.
1. Large Lacerations
Cuts that are long and deep, anything longer than 3/4 inch or deeper than a 1/4 inch, almost always need stitches or at least some sort of medical attention, such as irrigation and bandaging. This is especially true if the wound is gaping or refuses to close. Wide wounds are also cause for concern. So if your cut appears long, deep or wide, err on the side of caution and go to the doctor.
2. Exposed Anatomy
If you can see bone, tendon, muscle or fat, you need a doctor without question. Since many wounds that are deep enough to expose anatomy develop large blood clots, it can be difficult to tell if you're seeing muscle or the backside of a clot, but it doesn't matter. Wounds that are bad enough to expose anatomy or develop clots are medical emergencies.
3. Scalp Wounds
There are a lot of blood vessels in your scalp, which makes it difficult to stop the bleeding associated with a cut in this area. In many cases, the wound needs to be stitched or closed with glue in order to stop the bleeding. If you have a scalp wound or any other wound that won't stop bleeding, you should seek help immediately.
4. Cuts on Joints
Lacerations on the elbows, knees and hands are difficult to take care of at home because any sort of movement tends to open them up again. If you have a cut in one of these areas, you should have it looked at even if the injury appears to be minor.
5. Dirty Wounds
If you step on a nail or cut yourself while quartering chicken, you should go to the doctor to prevent an infection. This is true of all wounds and cuts that are sustained in a dirty environment. Even if you don't need stitches, you might need antibiotics or a tetanus shot.
As always, it's best to err on the side of caution. If you're not sure if your cut needs medical attention, you might want to get it checked out just to make sure at a Tampa walk in clinic.
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