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I cut my hand deep enough to see my bone. What should I do?

I cut my hand deep enough to see my bone. What should I do?

See a doc: If a cut on the hand is deep enough to see bone it should be evaluated by a hand specialist or an emergency physician. There are many things that can be injured between the skin and the bone including tendons, nerves and blood vessels. We also worry about infection in the hand as this can have serious consequences. ...Read more

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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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Can bone get infected if you have deep hand cut?

Can bone get infected if you have deep hand cut?

Open fracture: With a deep cut that exposed bone can get infected if the wound get infected, it is not a typical scenario. However if the cut also cuts the bone such as with a saw, or there is devitalized tissue or there is an open fracture risk goes up. If the cut is due to a dirty source such as a bite or a farm injury and there is bone injury then that must be washed out properly to avoid severe bone infect. ...Read more

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Does it depend on how deep i cut my hand on a nail?

Does it depend on how deep i cut my hand on a nail?

Clarify please: The depth of the cut will dictate the type of repair needed for the wound. However, you should see a doctor asap as you may need your tetanus booster. ...Read more

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I fell in the mud and cut my hand. It's not so deep but it has very jagged edges. How do I get all the dirt out? Soaking it in soapy water didnt work.

I fell in the mud and cut my hand. It's not so deep but it has very jagged edges. How do I get all the dirt out? Soaking it in soapy water didnt work.

Baby toothbrush: You could use a very soft baby toothbrush (if they still make those) to scrub the wound. There could easily be some "staining" of the skin with the dirt such that the discoloration will remain for weeks. As long as you have washed it thoroughly you should be fine. Watch for swelling, redness, tenderness or pus draining from the area that would suggest infection. ...Read more

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Cut my hand between thumb and index finger with glass cup it is a little deep maybe 1.5 CM what do I do need help fast?

Cut my hand between thumb and index finger with glass cup it is a little deep maybe 1.5 CM what do I do need help fast?

Pressure: Anytime there is a cut and there's bleeding, you'll want to put continuous pressure with a clean towel, etc. If it's on your hand, we worry about tendons being involved, so if there is any difficulty moving your fingers or weakness if your fingers, it's even more important to see your doc. At your doctor visit, ask about a tetanus shot if you haven't had one in the past 5-10 years. Good luck! ...Read more

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I broke a bone in my hand almost 2 years ago and didn't bother to see a doctor. Is it too late to see a doctor now?

I broke a bone in my hand almost 2 years ago and didn't bother to see a doctor. Is it too late to see a doctor now?

No: As long as the bone heals without much deformity, there is probably no reason to see a doctor. If you have loss of motion, or continued pain at the fracture, you should see a hand surgeon. If the bone has failed to heal, or has healed in a bad position, surgery can still be helpful to correct the problem, even at 2 years. ...Read more

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Hand Laceration (Definition)

Hand lacerations can range from minor things like a paper cut to major injuries where tendons ...Read more