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How long after getting an open wound cut do you have to get stitches?

How long after getting an open wound cut do you have to get stitches?

Optimally ASAP: It depends on the wound, conditions, degree of contamination, tissue loss, exposed tissues, etc. It is best for a physician to make this determination. However clean body wounds are generally safe to close within 4-6 hours whereas clean facial wounds may be deferred for up to 24 hours. Dressing changes may extend this window. Some wounds are better left open to heal without stitches. ...Read more

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If I don't get stitches right away on an open wound cut. How long do I have until I can't get them no more?

If I don't get stitches right away on an open wound cut. How long do I have until I can't get them no more?

Depends on where: The longer a cut is left open before closing with sutures the higher the risk of infection after closing. Some areas such as the face have such an abundant blood supply that it may be safer to close an older cut than say one on the leg. If it is past about six hours it may not be advisable to close. ...Read more

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When did the stitching of an open wound/laceration first began being accepted and practised in the medical field?

When did the stitching of an open wound/laceration first began being accepted and practised in the medical field?

Excellent question: And a very interesting history too long for my 400 allotted characters. Please see this short monograph:
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/9562762. ...Read more

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How do you stitch an open wound on the inside of your for arm?

How do you stitch an open wound on the inside of your for arm?

Simple Treatment: Stitches (sutures is the medical term) are used to hold different layers of tissues together to allow for healing in a non-stressed manner. Depending on the depth, a doctor may use absorbable sutures on the deeper layers to minimize the tension and allow healing to progress. Skin sutures should never be tight as the skin is there to make us look pretty, not hold things together. ...Read more

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An open wound on my for arm, its pretty deep and it was self inflicted, it needs stitches but I don't want to go to the hospital. What should I?

An open wound on my for arm, its pretty deep and it was self inflicted, it needs stitches but I don't want to go to the hospital. What should I?

See a doctor: The wound sounds deep so the potential for infection and further problems down the road is high- therefore you need to see a physician. Without seeing a physician- you will not know if it requires stitches, antibiotics, or even of there is tendon or nerve injury. ...Read more

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Passing hard stool and mostly 4 to 5 times a day having very pain in stool area and open wound of stitches after forceps delivery?

Passing hard stool and mostly 4 to 5 times a day having very pain in stool area and open wound of stitches after forceps delivery?

Constip after baby: OUCH. Your OB did not put you on a stool softener? May use Miralax (polyethylene glycol) per label directions. Stay well hydrated. Call your ob. Explain hard stools and ask them to call in stool softener for you. Hope this helps. Good Luck ...Read more

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How long after a cut can you get stitches done? Do I need tetanus injection? Ripped finger open on a thorn on Saturday morning

How long after a cut can you get stitches done? Do I need tetanus injection? Ripped finger open on a thorn on Saturday morning

Doctor's call: Depending on what the wound looks like and where it is (as well has how long it's been 'untreated') will determine whether the doc decides to stitch it closed. If it's a thorn injury, I probably would not stitch it, although obviously it needs to be seen first. If you are more than 10 years over due for tetanus, you should be boosted (re-immunized). If it was really a dirty wound, I would say 5 yr ...Read more

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If HIV positive blood was on a surface, could someone get infected if they touched it with an open wound? How long does HIV live for outside the body?

If HIV positive blood was on a surface, could someone get infected if they touched it with an open wound? How long does HIV live for outside the body?

Yes: But this would be extremely rare. Hiv will not survive long outside the body, but might if the blood has not yet dried up entirely. Why in heavens name would anybody touch somebody's blood on a surface with their own open wound? A very improbable scenario. But the answer to your question is that this is possible. ...Read more

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Someone handshaked with me with a new open wound and blood on hand. I also have a cut on hand. His health is unknown. Do I need to test for HIV and HCV? What's the possibility to get infected?

Someone handshaked with me with a new open wound and blood on hand. I also have a cut on hand. His health is unknown. Do I need to test for HIV and HCV? What's the possibility to get infected?

No risk, no worry: Nobody ever gets blood borne infections from exposures like this. You would have to have a fresh cut of your own, which came in direct contact with wet blood from the other person's cut. This is nothing to worry about. You don't need testing. ...Read more

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Can an open wound that is two weeks old still get infected?

Can an open wound that is two weeks old still get infected?

Wound: The longer a wound is open, the greater the risk of an infection. Prompt and correct closure of a wound is the best way to avoid an infection. Even with prompt closure, however, there remains a risk that a wound can become infecrted. ...Read more

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I got TB test injection in an open wound, is this bad? Should I get retested?

I got TB test injection in an open wound, is this bad? Should I get retested?

Yes: A TB (tuberculosis test, or ppd) should be placed on the underside of the forearm, on normal appearing skin. I can't imagine why it would've been placed within a wound, but it should be retested, because it couldn't be properly interpretted within abnormal skin. ...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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Is it possible to get HIV from an open wound contact?

Is it possible to get HIV from an open wound contact?

With difficulty: The wound would have to be actively bleeding and you would need a break in the skin in order for the virus to penetrate. There also needs to be enough viral concentration to infect. Overall chances are low. However if this is a real situation it's important to get tested and start prophylactic treatment as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Can you get hiv from uncleaned dermatoscope on open wound?

Can you get hiv from uncleaned dermatoscope on open wound?

No worries: In theory this could happen, but to my knowledge there has never been a reported case of HIV transmitted by contaminated instruments in a doctor's office. And I'm sure the doctor appropriately cleans the instruments between patients. This is nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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What is the best way to get gauze that is fused to an open wound off? I've already tried soaking it in water.

Traction: With time the water will loosen things enough that you can pull the gauze off. Then clean the wound and cover it with a different product that doesn't stick to the wound bed. ...Read more

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Hello, I cut myself on May 15 and received stitches. Wound is healed, am I still at risk for tetanus and should get shot? Help please.

Hello, I cut myself on May 15 and received stitches. Wound is healed, am I still at risk for tetanus and should get shot? Help please.

OunceofPrevention..: You are not at risk for tetanus from the injury in May, but if it's been more than 10 yrs since your last booster then it is recommended that you get the booster to protect you from future exposures. ...Read more

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My girlfriend has an open wound and she dipped it in the ocean in the Bahamas is she gonna get sick?

My girlfriend has an open wound and she dipped it in the ocean in the Bahamas is she gonna get sick?

Most likely Not: However that depends upon the type of wound and what she is doing to treat it. It also depends upon where the wound is on the body. Make sure to clean and disinfect the wound after going in the water. Start with simple soap and water, follow with an antiseptic treatement from the pharmacy (avoid iodine/betadine) and then clean dressing. If she gets fever, redness, swelling, wound looks bad, go2 ER. ...Read more

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My girlfriend has an open wound and she dipped it in the ocean in the Bahamas is she gonna get sick?

My girlfriend has an open wound and she dipped it in the ocean in the Bahamas is she gonna get sick?

Wound care: Not necessarily. Keep the area clean with warm water and soap. The ocean is notoriously filled with bacteria though, so keep a good eye on it. If it looks like it's getting infected, get it evaluated immediately. Signs of infection include warmth, redness, and increased drainage. ...Read more

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If urine that had an UTI got into an open wound, would the wound get infected?

If urine that had an UTI got into an open wound, would the wound get infected?

Not usually: Not necessarily. The bacteria that infect skin and urine are often not the same. Still would not advise this. ...Read more

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Hi, Can you get rabies from being exposed to bat feaces through an open wound?

Hi, Can you get rabies from being exposed to bat feaces through an open wound?

No: Rabies virus is transmitted through saliva and brain/nervous system tissue. Only these specific bodily excretions and tissues transmit rabies virus.

Contact such as petting or handling an animal, or contact with blood, urine or feces does not constitute an exposure. No postexposure prophylaxis is needed in these situations. ...Read more

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Can you get an air embolism via blowing air into an open wound?

Can you get an air embolism via blowing air into an open wound?

No.: Please don't blow into an open wound. Keep it clean and covered. ...Read more

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My boyfriend is undetectable with hiv. I am worried I can get it if his blood or semen gets on my open wound. Since he's undetectable what's the risk?

Universal precaution: "Universal precautions" means you should always use precautions with anybody regarding body fluids and pen wound etc. Assuming your BF was HIV+ and now it is not detectable, I would still use Universal precautions, wash hands often, avoid body fluid contacts. Since, assuming he was HIV +, the information is not 100% as to whether he is able to transmit any HIV to others, so always use precaution. ...Read more

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I heard that if you have a cold sore and touch it and then touch an open wound that the wound will get infected. Is this true?

Yes: You may spread the virus into open skin areas by touching the cold sore. Please wash your hands and wear gloves if caring for someone with a cold sore as well. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get HCV if I have open small open wound in my thumb and I shake other person with other 4 fingers?

Is it possible to get HCV if I have open small open wound in my thumb and I shake other person with other 4 fingers?

Contact transmission: Infections that are transmitted by contact, hand to hand, or skin to skin include common cold virus and germs. Hand washing is the remedy. For hepatitis c transmission requires more than contact. Hep c is usually transmitted with body fluids, from needle injections, or more invasive exposures. However, if you are concerned, please get a blood test to determine your virus status. ...Read more

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If I apply desoximetasone 0.25% cream over an open wound will that cause toxic symptoms since it can get into bloodstream?

If I apply desoximetasone 0.25% cream over an open wound will that cause toxic symptoms since it can get into bloodstream?

No: Sepsis is spread of an infection throughout the body (could be through blood). It's highly unlikely that putting a steroid cream would cause the infection to worsen to the point of sepsis. However. The cream can prevent the normal phases of wound healing to occur and prolong the healing period. A wound can become worse and cause systemic illness if it is left untreated or improperly treated. ...Read more