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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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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Wounds (Definition)

A wound is a condition in which a person has some trauma to part of his body in which the surface of the skin or some other organ has been broken open. Wounds include clean cuts, jagged cuts, avulsions (ripping away) of ...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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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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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?

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