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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
28 years experience Phlebology
Bananas are slippery: Just like the cartoons show, bananas are slippery. One safer way to cut them may be with a wire cheese cutter. There are gloves you can wear to protec ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Maybe: A cut is a cut and any cut could allow tetanus spores to become embedded where they can start an infection. If you have had a tetanus shot within 10 y ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Byrnes
28 years experience Family Medicine
Squeeze it!: Direct pressure clean gauze. Elevate it above your heart. Get some help, have someone put pressure on the the big pulsing artery in your armpit. Yo ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
That is deep for: A finger. Please get it medically evaluated now. You may need a tetanus shot as well if you don't know when your last one was or if it has been > 1 ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Wound Care: Stop bleeding by applying pressure. Rinse wound w clean water. Clean surrounding skin w soap & water on wash cloth. Apply antibiotic ointment. Ini ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Time for consultatn: It is time for you to consult with a mental health professional. People who cut, do so to feel something, often because they are overwhelmed by their ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Bleeding: Apply direct pressure with a clean cloth. If you can't get the bleeing under control after 20 minutes you may need medical care. Do you know what you ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
See your doctor now: Usually this happens when a person is in an impossible situation, just as animals in the zoo may self-mutilate. If this behavior is discovered, you're ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
If: it has been > 10 years since your last tetanus shot or you don't know - then please get a tetanus shot. Some physicians even recommend tetanus be r ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
58 years experience Internal Medicine
Soap: and water Cover with loose dry sterile bandage Check it daily..change dressing if it gets wet Be well Hope this is helpful Dr Z
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Get professional: Help now. Start with a comprhensive psychological evaluation (doctoral level clinical psychologist or a psychiatrist). You may need medications to add ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cindy Williams
38 years experience Pediatrics
Laceration: If a cut doesn't stop bleeding within a 1/2 hr, or so, it may need stitches. A tetanus shot, too, if you haven't had one in 10yrs.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Enjoy your class: Your cut will have done its own hemostasis. Don't point it out, but don't worry about it. Water's disinfected, and your fellow-swimmers aren't at any ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Yes: Go to the emergency room - you may need stitches. When was your last tetanus shot? If you don't know or it has been more than 10 years then you need a ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Greg Sexton
38 years experience Plastic Surgery
Emergency room: You need to tell your family, and go to the emergency room now. If you have no family, call 911, and go to the emergency room.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gerry Tolbert
12 years experience Family Medicine
See a DOCTOR!: In general, stab wounds need evaluation and treatment by a physician. If you can't get to a doctor immediately, or at least on the way there, apply di ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
35 years experience Wound care
Healing scars: A scar forms when there is healing of an injury to the tissues. Remember that with almost all wounds, healing continues for months and months as we ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Cooperberg
17 years experience Clinical Psychology
Cog-Behavior Therapy: Exposure with response prevention is an empircally validated treatment for ocd: in other words, it works. It is a type of treatment provided by a cogn ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ajay Acharya
36 years experience Internal Medicine
Immediate repair: Immediate repair is needed......
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
37 years experience Podiatry
Compression: To stop the bleeding along with elevation. If deep cut will need sutures to close it and stop the bleeding.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
38 years experience Hand Surgery
Clean: Most important thing is to adequately clean and irrigate out the laceration. Do not use hydrogen peroxide as at full strength can damage tissues. Can ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vertino
22 years experience Clinical Psychology
Getting help is key: Cutting is serious. Don't delay or try to fix this on your own. Get professional help. Too many people have minimized this issue and gotten deeper ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Cohen
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
Profuse bleeding: Numbness beyond the cut tetanus over 5 years inability to flex or extend.

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