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A small cut, less than an inch on the inside of hand, reopened a few times in a couple of days. It is a little red and swollen. Would covering and antibotic cream heal it?

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Dr. Robert Dorsey
Wound care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Should

The repetitive trauma will delay the healing.
Wash with soap and water and keep covered with antibiotic ointment and bandaid.

In brief: Should

The repetitive trauma will delay the healing.
Wash with soap and water and keep covered with antibiotic ointment and bandaid.
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Dr. Christine Kilcline
Pediatrics - Dermatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Cover and Protect

The wound likely reopens just from routine use of your hands in daily activities.
It would be a good idea to keep it covered, apply white petrolatum (vaseline or aquaphor), and cleanse twice daily. It the redness persists, pus develops, or increased pain, it could be infected.

In brief: Cover and Protect

The wound likely reopens just from routine use of your hands in daily activities.
It would be a good idea to keep it covered, apply white petrolatum (vaseline or aquaphor), and cleanse twice daily. It the redness persists, pus develops, or increased pain, it could be infected.
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Dr. Zahid Niazi
Cosmetic Surgery

In brief: ? suture wound

Superficial skin cuts should heal with local wound care which includes cleansing site, using topical antibiotic and bandaids but a one inch cut should be cleansed and sutured.
As the injury is more than a few hours old, you will probably be placed on antibiotics if the wound is sutured. If there is any deeper tissue injury then you will need to see a hand surgeon.

In brief: ? suture wound

Superficial skin cuts should heal with local wound care which includes cleansing site, using topical antibiotic and bandaids but a one inch cut should be cleansed and sutured.
As the injury is more than a few hours old, you will probably be placed on antibiotics if the wound is sutured. If there is any deeper tissue injury then you will need to see a hand surgeon.
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