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Is there first aid treatment and care of toe laceration?

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Dr. Richard Dudrak
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Soap & water

Wash all cuts as soon as possible with soap and water, or at least flush with water if unable to wash, and remove any visible foreign bodies.
Then cover with polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) (not neosporin!) & a bandage, bringing the wound as closely together as possible, and apply pressure if bleeding continues. If large/deep, over a joint, still bleeding, or difficulties beyond the wound, seek medical care.

In brief: Soap & water

Wash all cuts as soon as possible with soap and water, or at least flush with water if unable to wash, and remove any visible foreign bodies.
Then cover with polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) (not neosporin!) & a bandage, bringing the wound as closely together as possible, and apply pressure if bleeding continues. If large/deep, over a joint, still bleeding, or difficulties beyond the wound, seek medical care.
Dr. Richard Dudrak
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Dr. Robert Purchase
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Keep clean and dry

An otherwise uncomplicated toe laceration should be cleaned initially to remove dirt.
If superficial, keep it covered, clean, & dry. It may heal faster if protected in a loose fitting shoe with a firm sole. If it is deep, seek evaluation to see if it needs sutured. If it is very deep or there is concern that other structures are injured, eg tendons or nerves, seek evaluation.

In brief: Keep clean and dry

An otherwise uncomplicated toe laceration should be cleaned initially to remove dirt.
If superficial, keep it covered, clean, & dry. It may heal faster if protected in a loose fitting shoe with a firm sole. If it is deep, seek evaluation to see if it needs sutured. If it is very deep or there is concern that other structures are injured, eg tendons or nerves, seek evaluation.
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