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A 37-year-old member asked:

How to treat a wound?

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Dr. James Burns
Emergency Medicine 38 years experience
That is a: rather broad question and begs many answers depending on specifics. Generally, one treats a wound to maximize the individual's inherent healing rates while minimizing re-injury or ongoing injury. More specifics in the question will get more specific answers.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
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 26 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
Jul 26, 2014
Dr. Robert Dorsey
37 years experience
Multifactorial: Stop the bleeding. wash with soap and water. apply antibiotic ointment. cover with a dry dressing. change daily. check your tetanus status. see a doctor if things worsen. sounds like it may have needed sutures from the start.

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Missing info: You get the most from this information site when you provide detailed info about the issue. Things like patient age, possible causes,location & duration of wound, previous attempts to treat, etc. all matter. It is likely this must be seen by a doc to assess & treat but you are welcome to start over & clarify the issue. Posts are not linked so each must have all info.

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