Skin | Dermatology | Cuts (Symptom)


Cut refers to severed skin. Although minor cuts and scrapes usually don't represent a medical emergency, proper care is essential to avoid infection or other complications.

Diagnosis and Treatment

In the case of simple wounds the bleeding should be stopped. Minor cuts and scrapes usually stop bleeding on their own. If they don't, a gentle pressure should be applied with a clean cloth or bandage. The wound should be cleaned and rinsed out with clear water. Soap can irritate the wound, so it should be kept out of the actual wound. If dirt or debris remains in the wound after washing, tweezers cleaned with alcohol should be used to remove the particles. If debris still remains, a doctor should be consulted.

A wound that is more than 1/4-inch (6 millimeters) deep or is gaping or jagged edged and has fat or muscle protruding usually requires stitches. Signs of infection should be watched for. A doctor is to be consulted if the wound isn't healing or any redness, increasing pain, drainage, warmth or swelling are noticed. Tetanus shot may also be applied.


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