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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Earle
30 years experience General Surgery
Pressure: Apply pressure. Hopefully by now the bleeding has stopped, or you went to the emergency room.

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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Schleimer
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Probably not: 2/8=1/4" not very long, and if the 2 borders are close to each other then serous fluid will likely glue the skin back together. I sometimes use superg ... Read More
A 38-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
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
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 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
The fact: That you are asking this question implies that there is some depth to this laceration. When in doubt please seek medical evaluation.
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erine Kupetsky
15 years experience Family Medicine
No: Stitches are required for lacerations that are approx 5mm or when the subcutaneous fat is seen. Location and type of wound will also determine if you ... Read More
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A 20-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
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Dr. Mark Lubienski
36 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Mobile or not: Depends where the cuts are and hoe deep. If in a spot on thigh that is not affected much by bending your hip or knee may be able to use butterfly type ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Bronstein
35 years experience Hand Surgery
Cuts bleeding: It depends on the length and depth of the laceration. First aid includes ice, elevation and compression for a minimum if 7-10" so that your body has ... Read More
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A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
Yes: A tetanus shot too perhaps, if your not current, and possibly antibiotics as well as making sure the wound is cleaned appropriately. You must also mak ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
No, it doesn't: Sound like it. The area of spontanous drainage needs to close by secondary intention, from the inside to the outside. Instead of closing the overlyi ... Read More

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