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My vagina is cut open, do I need stitches?

My vagina is cut open, do I need stitches?

The fact: That you are asking this question implies that there is some depth to this laceration. When in doubt please seek medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Do i need stitches if i cut my finger?

Do i need stitches if i cut my finger?

Possibly.: May need stitches if wound depth > 1/4”, wound edges are gaping or jagged or if fat / muscle is visibly extending from wound. If you can’t stop bleeding that requires medical intervention.See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/first-aid/first-aid-cuts/basics/art-20056711 ...Read more

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Clean knife cut on thumb, will i need stitches?

That depends on: Things like the depth of the cut, if there is a problem controlling bleeding and it the laceration keeps bulging open. If you haven't had a tetanus shot in the last 10 years or you don't know then you need a tetanus shot. When in doubt seek medical evaluation. ...Read more

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What to do if I cut my thumb open with safety scissors, do I need stitches?

What to do if I cut my thumb open with safety scissors, do I need stitches?

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. ...Read more

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How to know if i need stitches for the cut on my finger?

How to know if i need stitches for the cut on my finger?

STitches: In general may need stitches if wound depth > 1/4”, wound edges are gaping or jagged or if fat / muscle is visibly extending from wound. If there is any loss of movement - that will certainly require examination. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/first-aid/first-aid-cuts/basics/art-20056711 ...Read more

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Hi I have a cut on my finger and I need to know. Does it need stitches?

Hi I have a cut on my finger and I need to know. Does it need stitches?

Can't say : Without more information . We try not to stitch fingers if not absolutely needed . Be sure it is well cleaned out and tetanus up to date .if in doubt have it checked. ...Read more

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Cut my middle finger. Got stiches they come out 1 week. How long for cut to completely close and can it reopen after stiches come out?

Cut my middle finger. Got stiches they come out 1 week. How long for cut to completely close and can it reopen after stiches come out?

should be fine: The fingers are very vascular and heal quickly. 7-10 days, or 1 week for the fingers is usually enough time to let the finger get full closure, and heal. If the area looks as though it is not ready, the sutures can be left in for a few more days. Ultimately, weeks after, the area should be close to healed fully, but scarring and some discoloration can be normal. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Cut my finger half an inch deep. much blood, cant afford stitches. sprayed liquid bandaid on it, cant wash because excrutiating. will it heal and how long???

Cut my finger half an inch deep. much blood, cant afford stitches. sprayed liquid bandaid on it, cant wash  because excrutiating. will it heal and how long???

Finger cut: A hand cut 1/2 deep is pretty substantial, especially if it was on the fingers. You could have damaged a nerve, vessels, or tendons. Though, you state you can't afford an ER visit, I would suggest you still go. Especially if you have any numbness of the fingers or lack full range of motion of all your digits and joints. A "paper cut" or superficial cut can be glued, but can lead to infection. ...Read more

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I cut arm yesterday. Is a small cut but is deep and it may need stiches. What happens if i don't get stiches? Will it heal itself?

I cut arm yesterday. Is a small cut but is deep and it may need stiches. What happens if i don't get stiches? Will it heal itself?

Puncture wound?: May need stitches if wound depth > 1/4”, wound edges are gaping or jagged or if fat / muscle is visibly extending from wound. If you can’t stop bleeding that requires medical intervention. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/first-aid/first-aid-cuts/basics/art-20056711. It may or may not heal properly. When was last tetanus shot? ...Read more

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Cut thumb badly, got 9 stitches in ER but nail is still cut in half, will it heal back on its own? What aftercare should I do to help it heal?

Cut thumb badly, got 9 stitches in ER but nail is still cut in half, will it heal back on its own? What aftercare should I do to help it heal?

It will grow: Keep the nail clean and avoid injury . If the nail matrix was not damaged, it will grow back though it may be crooked and opaque. ...Read more

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Do i need stitches? I had epediermotic cyst on my vaginal area. It burst on friday. Waiting for it to closed the cut.

Do i need stitches? I had epediermotic cyst on my vaginal area. It burst on friday. Waiting for it to closed the cut.

No, it doesn't: Sound like it. The area of spontanous drainage needs to close by secondary intention, from the inside to the outside. Instead of closing the overlying skin, you need to keep it open, so that the infection can drain out. ...Read more

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I cut my knuckle 3 months ago. Cut healed but it still hurts. What specialist do I need to see?

I cut my knuckle 3 months ago. Cut healed but it still hurts. What specialist do I need to see?

If deep: Cut. Orthopedic doctor best choice. Preferably one who specializes treating hands. Make sure tendon or other structures not involved. ...Read more

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How do I heal a cut on my vulva?

How do I heal a cut on my vulva?

Natural healing: 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. Avoid further trauma to the area and let nature take it's course. ...Read more

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Cut on finger bleeding for five hours do I need stitches ?

Cut on finger bleeding for five hours do I need stitches ?

Cuts bleeding: It depends on the length and depth of the laceration. First aid includes ice, elevation and compression for a minimum if 7-10" so that your body has the chance to clot whatever is bleeding. Do not check and recheck during those minutes as it stops the pressure. If it bleeds despite the above measures, then you should seek medical care. Also go if numbness, deep cut or later red, weeping wound. ...Read more

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I accidentally cut my arm in a nail and I see white inside the cut. In addition, the skin doesn't touch. Do I need stitches??

Laceration. : Well, you definitely need a tetanus shot. Outside of that, if it's been less than six hours at this point, stitches may be beneficial for healing and ultimate cosmetic result. We tend not to stitch closed lacerations that have remained open more than six hours because it increases the chance of the cut becoming infected. ...Read more

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Just had ingrown toenail removed how long do I need to keep it bandaged for?

Just had ingrown toenail removed how long do I need to keep it bandaged for?

Ingrown: Nail sx post op usually soak in warm water with epsom salt twice daily, cover area wit triple antibiotic and bandaid 5 days is what I have my patients do. Hope it helps! ...Read more

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How do I take care if a cut inside my belly button?

How do I take care if a cut inside my belly button?

Keep clean and dry: Keep it clean and dry and use a topical antibiotic ointment. Seek help if you have red streaking, fever, chills or signs of spreading illness. ...Read more

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How do you know if a cut needs stitches?

Gaping & movement: If mainly depends on the location of the cut, the age of it, how big it is, how much it gapes open, and how much the edges move with the part of body with the cut is moved. Get seen if concerned. ...Read more

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How do you know if they cut needs stitches ?

How do you know if they cut needs stitches ?

Wound care: May need stitches if wound depth > 1/4”, wound edges are gaping or jagged or if fat / muscle is visibly extending from wound. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/first-aid/first-aid-cuts/basics/art-20056711 ...Read more

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How bad does a cut have to be to get stitches?

How bad does a cut have to be to get stitches?

Depth: The need for stitches is determined if the wound would not otherwise heal together well without being approximated, such as in cuts that go into the dermis and beyond. ...Read more

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How deep does a cut have to be to get stitches?

How deep does a cut have to be to get stitches?

Sutures: May need stitches if wound depth > 1/4”, wound edges are gaping or jagged or if fat / muscle is visibly extending from wound. If you can’t stop bleeding that requires medical intervention.See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/first-aid/first-aid-cuts/basics/art-20056711 ...Read more

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How long after a cut can you still get stitches?

How long after a cut can you still get stitches?

Depends on how dirty: Or contaminated the wound is. Closing a bacterially-loaded wound only puts a "lid on a garbage can" and often ends up with deeper tissue infection or worse scarring/healing issues. The "golden period" for fresh wound closure is longer nowadays, and longer for facial or scalp injuries, but recent studies show that most wounds can still be successfully closed up to 19 hours. Sooner is better! ...Read more

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How long after a cut is open can they stitch it up?

How long after a cut is open can they stitch it up?

Depends: Great question. Most cuts that are not contaminated or infected can be stitched up within 18 hours, however facial wounds can be closed later, sometimes 24-48 hours later due to the nature of the great blood supply. ...Read more

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I cut my to. How do I know if I need stitches or not?

I cut my to. How do I know if I need stitches or not?

Depends: That would depend on the depth of the wound. Important points - depending on what you cut it with you may need a tetanus shot (unless you are upto date), you also have to make sure you didn;t cut any tendons, so make sure you have good motion of the digit, loook out for signs of infection. If bleeding stops easy, apply an antibiotic i.E Bacitracin and a bandaid. ...Read more

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Is a papoose board useful when stitching a child's cut?

Occasionally: The papoose board is sometimes helpful in restraining a wiggly infant for a procedure such as stitches.Utility is limited by location of the cut , size of the child & preference. I often use bed sheets in a cocoon wrap to do the same thing. ...Read more

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Is it true you have to be stitched up within 6 hours after a cut?

Is it true you have to be stitched up within 6 hours after a cut?

Primary closure: Primary closure if a wound is > 8 hrs old can be a gray zone. Wounds on face /head have more leeway. The wound would usually have to have been cleaned properly & should be a “clean”wound. There are some fresh wounds that one would not want to do a primary closure on like bite wounds or heavily contaminated wounds. ...Read more

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How do you know when a cut needs a stitch or if it can get by with a bandage?

Difficult question: If the cut superficial, dose not bleed much, not on face, not puncture, no diabetes, not accidently open (surgical wound), not avulsion wound, not abrasion have foreign body in it, not deep, not a, wide wound, not facial or located around the joints, is not animal or human bite, do not have bleeding disorders and if don have tetanus shots for 7 years. There are wound caused by pressure guns. ...Read more

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How to take care of a 1/4 inch wide and deep cut without stitches? It's been 3 days & the wider side of the cut isn't healed yet.

Careful cleaning: The greatest risk to wound healing at this stage is infection, and so with that in mind you must gently wash the wound at least daily with soap and water and keep it dressed throughout the day. Watch for thick drainage from the wound, worsening pain, or hot red swelling. There are special tape bandages made (e.g. steri-strips) which can hold the wound edges together without stitches if you wish. ...Read more

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How could docs determine if a cut needs stitches?

How could docs determine if a cut needs stitches?

Depth: The need for stitches is determined if the wound would not otherwise heal together well without being approximated, such as in cuts that go into the dermis and beyond. ...Read more

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How can doctors determine if a cut needs stitches?

How can doctors determine if a cut needs stitches?

Wound care: May need stitches if wound depth > 1/4”, wound edges are gaping or jagged or if fat / muscle is visibly extending from wound. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/first-aid/first-aid-cuts/basics/art-20056711 ...Read more

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I have a cut that won't stop bleeding . Do I need stitches?

I have a cut that won't stop bleeding . Do I need stitches?

Pressure: Apply pressure. Hopefully by now the bleeding has stopped, or you went to the emergency room. ...Read more

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I have a bad cut that won't stop bleeding how do I tell if i need stitches?

If pressure: And making the edges stay close together doesn't do the trick, stitches will help keep the scar to a minimum. If you keep wiping the blood you are making it harder for the bleeding to stop. Anti-inflammatories and Aspirin will also make you bleed longer. ...Read more

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I asked them to not cut me, but now I have episiotomy stitches. I am upset. What do I say?

I asked them to not cut me, but now I have episiotomy stitches. I am upset. What do I say?

Don't be upset!: The current trend in obstetrics (according to my colleagues) is not to do surgical episiotomies, as there is a great deal of evidence that healing is better if the posterior birth canal is allowed to tear naturally. However, this tearing often requires repair with sutures by the obstetrician. So, just because you have stitches doesn't mean you had an episiotomy. Ask your surgeon! ...Read more

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How much does a cut have to bleed, or how deep does it have to be, before stitches are necessary?

How much does a cut have to bleed, or how deep does it have to be, before stitches are necessary?

It depends: It varies based on where the cut is on the body, and if anything vital underneath the cut is also injured. Small cuts over areas that move (joints) or tight skin may be more important to stitch than a larger cut on the abdomen or between the joints on the arms and legs. Also, any cut that is difficult to stop bleeding needs to be seen. If the skin doesn't stay together as you move, get seen. ...Read more