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How long will it take for my paper cut to heal

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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Few days: It depends how deep it is but generally a paper cut is well healed in 4-7 days.

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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Depends on lacation: It depends on location but usually all these will heal within 5 to 7 days if there is no infection or any other complication.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Merthiolate tinture: I didn't know that any one used merthiolate tinture as a first aid antiseptic anymore. It is about 50% alcohol -so it is likely to burn. Although it ... Read More
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Neosporin: If the cut is deep or troublesome, you may use an over the counter antibiotic cream, e.g., Neosporin. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vege... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Concern: Diabetes, immunosupression, surface contamination with staph or some other germ. Discuss with pcp.
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Dr. Cornelius Oleary
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Skin care: Sure you can use neosporin. You should get a full exam and rule out STDs but if itchy you may have some pruritis caused by soap/cleaning or allergic r... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Nobody knows: Valtrex helps block the creation of new herpes viruses, but there are still some viruses created. How contagious? Nobody knows for sure. A person who ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Janet Roberto
Family Medicine 36 years experience
Small Laceration: I would agree that it should heal quickly. Not a real medical concern, more that of comfort.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Audrey Rogers
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Red and tender: An infected paper cut would happen 2-3 days after getting cut and the surrounding skin would be red. It would also be tender to touch.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colton Bradshaw
Specializes in Pediatrics
Wear gloves?!: No, seriously, while most paper cuts are definitely annoying, rarely do these become infected or complicated wounds. Keeping a moist bandage with aqua... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katharine Cox
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 45 years experience
Skin: There are many pain receptors found on the skin. Likely meant to protect us. It is also exposed to the air which increases the pain. Make sure it is v... Read More

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