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I cut myself with a knife when cutting a bagel. Bleeding pretty heavily... How do I know if I need stitches? How can I stop the bleeding?

I cut myself with a knife when cutting a bagel. Bleeding pretty heavily... How do I know if I need stitches? How can I stop the bleeding?

Hold pressure: Hold pressure to stop the bleeding. It may take 10-15 minutes of constant pressure. Once the bleeding has stopped, look at the cut. If you can see fat tissue, and/or the skin edges are separated much, it may need stitches. If you have numbness or loss of the ability to move the finger joints, you need to see a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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I have a vertical cut in my face by knife 12cm long about 25 stitches 10 days ago. I'm using spectragel but worried if it's the best? and how to rub?

I have a vertical cut in my face by knife 12cm long about 25 stitches 10 days ago. I'm using spectragel but worried if it's the best? and how to rub?

SOAP: Don't be too aggressive with rubbing. Cleaning with soap and water should do the trick. The wound should be mostly healed by now unless it was really deep. If the stitches are out as they should be you are on the road to recovery. Keep the wound clean and dry ...Read more

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Clean knife cut on thumb, will i need stitches?

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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I cut my finger with a knife.. I got stitches and they are out now but my finger still hurts and when I move it the skin separates still... Do I need more stitches?

I cut my finger with a knife.. I got stitches and they are out now but my finger still hurts and when I move it the skin separates still... Do I need more stitches?

Probably not: Delayed restitching of a wound following removal of the original stitches is typically not done as it can increase the chances of wound infection. Sounds like you should probably follow up with your primary dr or whoever put the stitches in to make sure the wound is healing appropriately and is not infected. ...Read more

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Should i take my stitches out? 16 days ago i had 10 stitches put into my hand after being cut by a razor knife. The area is now swollen, the stitches themselves are cutting into my skin and causing pain, but the cut is still gaping a little. Will it be ok

Should i take my stitches out? 16 days ago i had 10 stitches put into my hand after being cut by a razor knife. The area is now swollen, the stitches themselves are cutting into my skin and causing pain, but the cut is still gaping a little. Will it be ok

You : You need to go to the doctor. If the area around your cut is now swollen, you are in pain and wound is gapping - it is likely that you do have an infection. This is especially so if it is warm or has any drainage. Please find a way to see your doctor right away even if it will be a difficulty. ...Read more

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I cut my pinkie finger yesterday at the edge of my finger nail with a knife preparing ribs. I got it to stop bleeding and we put on a butterfly. Not sure if I should have got stitches. ?

I cut my pinkie finger yesterday at the edge of my finger nail with a knife preparing ribs. I got it to stop bleeding and we put on a butterfly. Not sure if I should have got stitches.  ?

Depends: Depends on the size and depth of the wound. Usually a cut such as you describe is too small for stitches and does well with a tight bandage. Lubricate (vaseline, not bacitracin), rinse in water, and apply a fresh bandage at least once a day. ...Read more

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If a finger was cut by brass knuckles hitting metal would that be the cause-blunt force-for med. Amputation v/s statement that a machete 2foot knife caused irreparable-unstitchable damage to a middle finger-ring finger was stitched in place.Also nerve-ten

If a finger was cut by brass knuckles hitting metal would that be the cause-blunt force-for med. Amputation v/s statement that a machete 2foot knife caused irreparable-unstitchable damage to a middle finger-ring finger was stitched in place.Also nerve-ten

Amputation: Are done when digits are damaged beyond repair. If its crushed or your vessels are stretched/pulled out and amputated from the injury, very few would try to salvage that and simply complete the amputation. I'm not quite sure i understood your question. ...Read more

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Is a hydrocolloid bandaid safe to use on small knife cut? (Stopped bleeding after ~20 min of pressure and elevation, pretty sure don't need stitches.)

Is a hydrocolloid bandaid safe to use on small knife cut? (Stopped bleeding after ~20 min of pressure and elevation, pretty sure don't need stitches.)

Small cut: 29 year old lady with a small cut with a knife on unknown body location.You should also make sure that your tetanus immunization is up to date. If it is a truly small and clean wound, you can use a butterfly bandage to make sure the edges of the wound are approximated, brought together. Watch for signs of infection & see MD if needed. ...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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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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Im a self harmer currently getting help. But I had a bad day and cut worse then ever on my arm. How do I know if I need stitches? Not bleeding now.

Im a self harmer currently getting help. But I had a bad day and cut worse then ever on my arm. How do I know if I need stitches? Not bleeding now.

Difficult: If the edges are not touching each other have it looked at to see if it needs stitches. More importantly, u do not have to live with self harm. U are stuck in a pattern for which there is a solution besides psychiatry. If u honestly have had enough of this, this may require a complete change in your personality. If u you are willing to do whatever it takes, go to a group like AA. If not, consider. ...Read more

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My daughter hit a plastic toy on my forehead causing a small cut. How do I know if i need stitching? The cut is less than 1 cm

My daughter hit a plastic toy on my forehead causing a small cut. How do I know if i need stitching? The cut is less than 1 cm

Laceration: If it is wide and not easily held together with a butterfly bandaid or if it is hard to stop the bleeding, then it may need stitches. ...Read more

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How do you know if a cut needs stitches?

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 ?

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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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