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How long can I wait with skin trauma to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine
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In brief: Skin trauma

The severity of the wound (depth, dirt, muscle/tendon involvement) , size of the area involved, and location of the wound are all factors to be considered.
If it's large, deep, dirty, involves vital structures, don't wait, see a doc. Also be certain you're up to date on tetanus prophylaxis (within past 10 years?).

In brief: Skin trauma

The severity of the wound (depth, dirt, muscle/tendon involvement) , size of the area involved, and location of the wound are all factors to be considered.
If it's large, deep, dirty, involves vital structures, don't wait, see a doc. Also be certain you're up to date on tetanus prophylaxis (within past 10 years?).
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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