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Cut my finger do I need stitches

A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Hand surgeon: May be more complicated after initial attempt at closure, so should see an expert (=hand surgeon).
Dr. Herbert Hoover
- Select Specialities - 52 years experience
Whoever sutured it: It sounds like the sutures were removed before there was sufficient healing. You should place saline soaked gauze over the wound to keep it clean and... Read More
Dr. Bahman Omrani
Pain Management 18 years experience
The same doctor: Who stitched it. There is a few things he or she may be able to do. If complicated a hand surgeon or a plastic surgeon would be able to help.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gena Kluwe
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Depends: If it is a fresh cut (lac) and when you close (approximate) the edges the are better held together than without tension. Often we use a butterfly band... Read More
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Possibly.: May need stitches if wound depth > 1/4”, wound edges are gaping or jagged or if fat / muscle is visibly extending from wound. If you can’t stop ble... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
The basics: When you cannot stop blood flow, the wound gapes, is over a knuckle or exceeds a cm in length it may need a stitch. If blood flow stops, it is not in ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chirag Patel
Specializes in Neurology
Go to urgent care/ER: It's best to have a medical evaluation in urgent care or ER. The depth of the cut would be an important predictor of the need for stitches. http://www... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Laceration: your doctor must have felt that this laceration was at high risk of infection. That is why antibiotics were given in a the first place. Signs of infe... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrick Mckenna
A Verified Doctoranswered
Preventive Medicine 15 years experience
Probably not: Delayed restitching of a wound following removal of the original stitches is typically not done as it can increase the chances of wound infection. So... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Aharon Wolf
Preventive Medicine 16 years experience
It depends : On the size of the cut the depth and the time passed since it happened but in general most cuts will heal on their own if they are immobilized so they... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Dr. Amrita Dosanjhanswered
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 37 years experience
Mgt: If the cut is open and not healing well, then I would advise having it checked. There are steri strips which can help to close the edges of the woun... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
My word: This can be quite serious. See your General a Physician, ER, or Urgent Care NOW. Finger laceration caused by jagged, and probably infected, tooth ca... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Swollen, red finger: How swollen and how red? Is it tender? Warm? Any drainage? You might have an infection - but it is hard to say without visualizing it.
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