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A 21-year-old female asked:

i was accidentally cut with a blade used to dissect a cat. it's a minor cut on my finger. besides putting alcohol, what can i do and is it serious?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
If it is a minor cut: And you treated it immediately, i wouldn't be concerned. If it begins to develop increased pain, redness or swelling, you need to have it evaluated by a physician.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
What is your tetanus status? If unknown or > 10 years - need this.
May 20, 2013
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
Considerations: Is your tetanus up to date (within 10 years) ? Next, never, never use alcohol as it causes damage to tissues as does peroxide, betadine, bleach, hibiclens. Cleanse skin breaks with gentle soap and water and then cover with a bandage changed every other day. No way to tell if serious unless you have lost function or sensation. If you are healthy and do not disturb it, it will likely heal well.
Dr. Robert Dorsey
Wound care 36 years experience
Stop alcohol: Alcohol is detrimental to wound healing. Use local hygiene soap and water. Cover with over the counter antibiotic oinment then band aid. Check your tetanus status.

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