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How long after getting an open wound cut do you have to get stitches

A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Ziegler
Emergency Medicine 31 years experience
6 to 24 hours: The risk of developing infection in a wound that is sutured (stiched) begins to rise when the suture repair is delayed more than 6 hours and rises dra... Read More
Dr. Annette Occhialini
Plastic Surgery 37 years experience
Depends on where: The longer a cut is left open before closing with sutures the higher the risk of infection after closing. Some areas such as the face have such an abu... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Burns
Emergency Medicine 38 years experience
Excellent question: And a very interesting history too long for my 400 allotted characters. Please see this short monograph: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/956276... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Lee
Surgery - Plastics 22 years experience
Closure : I would not do that yourself- open wounds need medical attention and a professional to stitch it closed (may or may not be indicated). See a physicia... Read More
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 37 years experience
Simple Treatment: Stitches (sutures is the medical term) are used to hold different layers of tissues together to allow for healing in a non-stressed manner. Depending... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Go: Get help both for the arm wound but more importantly to get help on why you would hurt yourself...See talk to your family and/or get immediate medical... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gabriel Goren
A Verified Doctoranswered
59 years experience
Well,: If you think he does need stitches you better take him to and emergency room asap as the window for primary suture is rapidly closing. If it is on the... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Butler
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Well: What is your question. Did they put you on an antibiotic. Sounds like you would need one and the perhaps a recheck when the antibiotic is done
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Zero: Steve, you don't get AIDS or hepatitis C that way. There's an account of hepatitis C from bloody fisticuffs, but I've heard nothing similar from HIV. ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Hypothetical: Rather than going through hypotheticals - would just say if you haven't had your tetanus shot in the last 10 years - that you are overdue.
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christiaan Maurer
Dr. Christiaan Maureranswered
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
Yes : Until the skin is closed infection is possible.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: A TB (tuberculosis test, or ppd) should be placed on the underside of the forearm, on normal appearing skin. I can't imagine why it would've been pla... Read More