If you have any of the following
symptoms, evaluate those symptoms first.
- Puncture wound or injury caused by the
injection of a substance under high pressure into the skin: Go to the topic
- Injury from a bite: Go to
Animal and Human Bites.
- If bleeding is the main symptom, see
how to stop bleeding .
- Most cuts that require treatment should be
stitched, stapled, or closed with
skin adhesives within 6 to 8 hours after the injury. Some cuts that require
treatment can be closed as long as 24 hours after the injury. Your risk of
infection increases the longer the cut remains open. For more information, see
are stitches, staples, or skin adhesives necessary?
Is your cut bleeding?
Do you have signs of decreased blood flow at or near a cut injury?
Do you have any loss of function at or near a cut injury?
Do you have broken skin over the site of a bone that may be broken?
Are you unable to remove an object from a cut?
Do you have a deep cut?
Has a cut removed all the layers of skin (avulsion injury)?
Do you have swelling or bruising at or near a cut injury?
Do you think you have an infection?
Do you think a cut may have been caused by abuse?
Were you unable to adequately clean a cut using home treatment?
Do you have a cut that may need to have stitches, staples, or skin adhesives?
Do you know or think you need a tetanus shot?