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Do I Need stitches if a chunk is cut off side of finger

A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dimitri Novitzky
51 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Deep cut on L index: How did you get the cut ? was a clean or with a dirty instrument? You mention it took place > 1 month ago Did you had, a tetanus vaccination? is u ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
31 years experience Family Medicine
Cut: If the wound pulls apart and bleeds it needs stitches.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Stitches: Bleeding that can't be controlled & on open skin.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gena Kluwe
30 years experience Internal Medicine
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
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ashwin Patel
41 years experience Urgent Care
Depends: If the peeler took out a chunk of tissue with no skin edges to bring close enough to stitch then you do not need stitches. Make sure you are up to da ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Apply immediate: pressure to stop bleeding and seek emergent medical care.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Emergency Medical: Care if there is a large portion of thumb that has been lost.
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
56 years experience Dermatology
Depends: Depends on the size and depth of the wound. Usually a cut such as you describe is too small for stitches and does well with a tight bandage. Lubricate ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Dr. Gary Pess answered
39 years experience Hand Surgery
12 hours best: If stitches are needed they are best within 12 hours to minimize infection. Clean it with antiseptic and keep it covered in the meantime.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matt Wachsman
35 years experience Internal Medicine
Several issues.: Tetanus risk (if a booster within the last 5-10 yrs, nevermind). Bleeding risk. If the wound is closed. Infection risk or if something is stuck inside ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King answered
39 years experience Phlebology
Depends: Depends on the location, length and depth of the cut, how easy it is to stop the bleeding and on what else might have also been cut too. If you can s ... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
You : You need to go to the doctor. If the area around your cut is now swollen, you are in pain and wound is gapping - it is likely that you do have an infe ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
17 years experience General Practice
See your doc: Spotting after intercourse suggests bleeding from the cervix. The most common causes of this are STDs and cervical cancer. You need to be examined by ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
44 years experience Plastic Surgery
Yes: The finger tendons are not straight forward on the extensor (straightening) side like they are on the flexor (bending) side. A lacerated extensor ten ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Landi
46 years experience Phlebology
Sometimes.: Bleeding from veins can usually be stopped with direct pressure and elevation. Whether or not stitches are needed is dependent more on the size of th ... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
See a doctor as you : May need an antibiotic, ice so the swelling goes down. Tetanus history is good to know as well. You must stop any bleeding as well with compression an ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leonard Grossman
35 years experience Plastic Surgery
It probably: Will heal, but how well and did you cut anything important like tendons or nerves. I would at least have a doctor evaluate it for your own good. Als ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arnold Zuckman
41 years experience Podiatry
Possibly ingrown: Sometimes when a nail becomes ingrown granulation tissue forms which bleeds easily. Do you notic any reddish lumps along the margins of the nail?
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Keith
43 years experience Podiatry
Yikes !!!!!!: In order to increase your chances of not having catastrophic results from the injury, I advise you to seek medical attention. Often injuries are more ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
21 years experience Podiatry
Ask you doctor.: Peroxide is usually good to ease the separation of stuck gauze form blood on stitches. Before you try it though, consult with your doctor if it is ok ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Phillip Goebel
15 years experience Emergency Medicine
Let it heal: Follow the wound care instructions given to you by the treating physician. Protect the wound from further trauma. Sorry this means no axe or shovel wo ... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Depends: It depends on what you call recovery. You may resume a desk job the day after your visit to ER. It would take about a week for the skin to cover the w ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Rhoades
47 years experience Family Medicine
Below: Suggest using some bacitracin oint over the open area till healed.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
That depends.: It is too late to have the cut sutured at this time. However, it is important to insure that your tetanus status is up to date. Infection should be ... Read More
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