Cuts - Topic Overview
When you have a cut:
Stop the bleeding with direct pressure to the wound. Determine if other tissues, such as blood vessels, nerves, tendons, ligaments, joints, bones, or internal organs, have been injured. Determine if treatment by a doctor, such as stitches, staples, or skin adhesives, is needed. Clean the wound and remove any dirt or debris to prevent infections, both bacterial skin infections and tetanus ("lockjaw"). Determine whether you need a tetanus shot.
Cuts to the head or face may appear worse than they are and bleed a lot because of the good blood supply to this area. Controlling the bleeding will allow you to determine the seriousness of the injury.
Check your symptoms to decide if and when you should see a doctor.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
June 04, 2014
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