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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
30 years experience Emergency Medicine
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
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Dr. Annette Occhialini
36 years experience Plastic Surgery
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

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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Burns
37 years experience Emergency Medicine
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
21 years experience Plastic Surgery
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
36 years experience Wound care
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
36 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
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
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gabriel Goren
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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 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Rochester
26 years experience Family Medicine
Constip after baby: OUCH. Your OB did not put you on a stool softener? May use Miralax (polyethylene glycol) per label directions. Stay well hydrated. Call your ob. ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Butler
21 years experience Family Medicine
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 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
23 years experience Infectious Disease
Doctor's call: Depending on what the wound looks like and where it is (as well has how long it's been 'untreated') will determine whether the doc decides to stitch i ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes: But this would be extremely rare. Hiv will not survive long outside the body, but might if the blood has not yet dried up entirely. Why in heavens nam ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
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
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