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What do they do if a wound is too deep or too wide to stitch

A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience Geriatrics
Yes: In clean fresh wounds, we often stitch/suture incision together to minimize scarring. In older dirty wounds, we often leave it open to air (no stitche ... Read More
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Dr. Scott Keith
43 years experience Podiatry
Small cut.: You'll do just fine.

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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ryan Doss
Dr. Ryan Doss answered
7 years experience Emergency Medicine
Careful cleaning: The greatest risk to wound healing at this stage is infection, and so with that in mind you must gently wash the wound at least daily with soap and wa ... Read More
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Dr. Bruce Jacobs
Specializes in Family Medicine
It will heal: from the inside out over next 4-6 weeks and leave a scar. Keep it clean and use antibiotic ointment on it twice a day
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mohamed Rafiq Suleman Badat
Specializes in
Steri strip: Try bringing the skin together with steristrips. This may minimize scarring.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
32 years experience Family Medicine
Laceration: after three days of not being stitched the chance of infection I'd too great to stitch it now. It will heal on its own bug it will take longer than i ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Whitfield
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Wound: That depends. In most instances wounds that have open longer periods of time, are highly contaminated with soil or water from a lake or stream have to ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Post injury Numbness: Yes, this is common. Nerves can be damaged during trauma. There is now some evidence that over a one year period the nerve may heal or grow back. It ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Internal stitches: After two weeks time there has been sufficient healing so that it is no longer necessary to use microtape over the wound
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Get checked: It's best to let an emergency room physician make that decision after examining you. You will also get wound care, instructions on follow-up, and asse ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clarence Grim
56 years experience Endocrinology
Dog bite on face: Dogs mouths are nasty but not as nasty as humans. Another concern is that humans rarely trasmit rabies as they all die. Be certain the dog was vaccin ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Oh : Oh my. It sounds like he has two separate injuries. The first issue is that he cut his hand deeply enough that you are concerned that he might need ... Read More

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