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What to do if i cut my leg really bad while shaving help?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Wound care: Stop bleeding by applying pressure. Rinse wound w clean water. Clean surrounding skin w soap & water on wash cloth. Apply antibiotic ointment. Initially cover w bandage until some healing has occurred. Change bandage when soiled/ wet or at least daily. Need tetanus shot if you haven't had one in last 10 years, don't know
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Provided original answer
when you last had one or if the wound is dirty & it has been more than 5 years since last shot. May need stitches if wound depth > 1/4”, wound edges are gaping or if fat / muscle is visibly extending from wound. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/first-aid/first-aid-cuts/basics/art-20056711
Jun 28, 2014
Dr. James Burns
Emergency Medicine 37 years experience
Clean with: a mild soap and water, remove any non-viable tissue very gently keep it moist with antibiotic ointment but only a thin film, and cover with a sterile dressing. Do this daily and do not shave the area until the wound is completely healed.
Dr. Robert Dorsey
Wound care 36 years experience
If real bad: go to the emergency room to be evaluated. otherwise, apply pressure until the bleeding has stopped. then wash with soap and water. apply antibiotic ointment and cover with non-stick bandage. check your tetanus status.

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