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A 40-year-old member asked:

how can i treat a cut on my face?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Use good wound care.: Stop bleeding by applying pressure. Rinse wound w clean water. Clean surrounding skin w soap & water on wash cloth. Remove debris w tweezers. If material remains in wound – seek medical care. 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 the: wound with non perfumed soap and water, (No peroxide or betadine). re-approximate the edges as best you can, keep it moist but not wet with a topical antibiotic ointment and covered. See your doctor for any complications.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for cuts on the face to heal?

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Dr. Dennis Diaz
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4-14 days: Simple cuts and abrasions can take 4-14 days to heal. Wounds that are sutured can take up to a year for scars to settle down. Healing scars should be protected from sun exposure.
A 50-year-old male asked:

Is it ok for a cut on face that has been glued to start oozing?

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Needs checking: It is not necessarily a bad thing for a glued cut to ooze. However, it may mean an infection or a non-healing cut. It should be looked at by a doctor.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How long should it take for a cut on my face to heal?

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Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 46 years experience
5-10 days: An otherwise uncomplicated cut on the skin will usually heal within 5-10 days. If there is a complicating infection, foreign body or a wide gash, healing will be delayed.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How long for a cut on face to heal?

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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
Natural Process: The good news is that area has fantastic blood supply and so healing will occur rapidly. Inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling) is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. Keep it covered with an occlusive dressing changed every other day and avoid further trauma. It will heal very quickly.
A female asked:

I have a cut on my face thats bright red not healing what can I use?

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See doctor : Need a bit more information about how long you've had the cut etc how it happened. Best to do this in person with a doctor as depending on the nature of your facial lesion you may need testing done to see why not healing or treatment for infection or wound care

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