How can I treat finger laceration?

Cleanse. If simple, shallow, cleanse wound and cover with dry dressing. If gapped may use a steristrip to approximate. If deep or long, over a joint, any change in sensation, a bite laceration, dirty mechanism or any impraired range of motion see a surgeon. Be sure you are up to date on tetanus immunization.

Related Questions

Does finger laceration usually cause many symptoms?

Pain. Finger lacs can be painful on occasion. It is also possible to cut more serious things than just the skin, like a nerve or tendon.
Depth? It depends on depth but may cause pain, numbness, compromised circulation or function due to tendon injury if sufficiently deep.

How common is it for somebody to get finger laceration?

Common. We depend on our digits for many activities which can result in a laceration. Knives, tops of can, glass objects, rough metal edges, etc.

What is the definition or description of: finger laceration?

Cut. A laceration is a cut. Fingers are prone to tendon and nerve and circulatory injury depending on degree depth and location.
A cut. Laceration = cut. Finger refers to the location of the cut.
Finger cut. A laceration is a cut or open wound of the finger. Finger lacerations are very common, since we are constantly using our hands at work, in the kitchen, or doing minor repairs around the house.

My wife thinks I should see someone for my finger laceration. Should i?

Laceration treatment. Lacerations come in many different shapes and sizes that result in different types of management. A laceration on your finger - even if shallow - can result in an infection in some cases. Infections on the extremities are often-times more challenging to treat and should be prevented if at all possible. Scarring is another concern for many people and can be improved with early wound closure.
Yes. Finger and hand lacerations (cuts) need further evaluation by a qualified physician because it is very easy to damage other structures, such as nerves or tendons. Also, it is very easy to get an infection in your fingers or hands, and those can spread very quickly and become a serious problem if untended.
Depends on the lac. There are a few things that can be injured in a finger lac. Sensory nerves and tendons can be injured even in seemingly minor lacerations. If these are not repaired when injured they can cause permanent damage. Minor lacerations on the tip of the finger may not need suturing but at the very least should be thoroughly cleaned.
Treatment of finger. If this is a superficial laceration, very little if any care is required as long as good wound care principles are followed. On the other hand, deeper lacerations compromising nerves, tendons, muscles or bone or soft tissue loss may require surgical intervention.

Which treatment works the best and fastest for finger laceration?

Stiching. There is only one treatment is to approximate the wound edges. Depending on the depth of the laceration and its width, you may need to have it sewn (sutures placed) or may just have it glued or steri strips (pieces of glu like paper) placed or if really superficial may just need to have a bandade place over it.
Depends. Some need sutures. Butterfly bandages. Or even surgery. Depends on the location on the finger and the depth of the laceration.
Suturing is faster. Depends on what needs to be repaired, but assuming the skin is separated; cleaning and suturing the wound closed will allow it to heal faster than leaving it open. There are possible risks so it should be evaluated by a medical professional.
Tendons, Nerves, Blood. In addition to the skin on the finger which needs to be closed, there are other vital structures in the fingers that may need prompt attention by a doctor. This includes the tendons that straighten and bend the fingers; nerves that give sensation; arteries that carry blood; and bones. If there is any difficulty moving the finger, numbnes in the tip or the tip is pale go to the er.
General wound care. The fasted and quickest method to assure optimal healing is accurate and close tension free approximation of the wound edges to expedite wound epithelialization and minimize inflammation in a clean but moist environment.

Will I need a tetanus shot for finger laceration from glass?

Good idea. If glass was in the ground or dirt, yes. If due, probably not a bad idea anyway.
When was your last. Tetanus shot? Usually a tetanus shot within the last ten years will suffice. For particularly filthy wounds - a tetanus shot within five years is recommended.

Finger laceration had 6 stitches. Flap came up after removal. A steristrip fell off after 10 days. Flap is open with fatty tissue. Who should I see?

Hand surgeon. May be more complicated after initial attempt at closure, so should see an expert (=hand surgeon).
Whoever sutured it. It sounds like the sutures were removed before there was sufficient healing. You should place saline soaked gauze over the wound to keep it clean and see whoever sutured it if possible. It is not necessarily a problem but you should have it checked.
The same doctor. Who stitched it. There is a few things he or she may be able to do. If complicated a hand surgeon or a plastic surgeon would be able to help.

Would it be a good idea to go get a tetanus shot for finger laceration from glass?

A cut is a cut. Tetanus is possible when a cut on the skin is contaminated by tetanus spores that are all around, predominantly in soils. It doesn't matter what made the cut if the exposure comes after the skin is open. The rusty nail is the classic source because it is on the ground to begin with when people step on it. Even if low risk it serves as a reminder to update your protection. If > 10 yrs get the shot.
Possibly. If you've not had a tetanus vaccine in ten years you may need another.