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How do you tell if you need stitches?

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From the size of the wound to its location, there are a lot of signs that you need stitches or at least to have a doctor check things out.

How big is it? You’ll want to see a doctor if the wound:

  • Looks very deep, even if it’s not especially long or wide
  • Is more than a half-inch long
  • Opens so wide that you can’t get the edges together with just a little pressure
  • Has ragged edges
  • Has debris in it such as dirt, glass, or gravel

From: Does This Cut Need Stitches? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: “How Stitches Help Kids Heal.”

MedScape: “Suturing Techniques.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Does You Cut Need Stitches? Find Out How to Tell.”

UCLA: “Lacerations With Stitches.”

AAFP: “Cuts, Scrapes, and Stitches.”

Core Physicians: “Wound Closure and Wound Care.”

NHS: “Does My Cut Need Stitches?” “How Do I Clean a Wound?”

FamilyDoctor.org: “First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes, and Stitches.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on March 10, 2019

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: “How Stitches Help Kids Heal.”

MedScape: “Suturing Techniques.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Does You Cut Need Stitches? Find Out How to Tell.”

UCLA: “Lacerations With Stitches.”

AAFP: “Cuts, Scrapes, and Stitches.”

Core Physicians: “Wound Closure and Wound Care.”

NHS: “Does My Cut Need Stitches?” “How Do I Clean a Wound?”

FamilyDoctor.org: “First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes, and Stitches.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on March 10, 2019

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