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My wife thinks I should see someone for my finger laceration. Should i?
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Dr. Roxanne Sylora
Surgery - Plastics
9 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Roxanne Sylora
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Dr. Steven Harris
I agree with Dr. Sylora if the laceration goes through the skin. If no fat is showing or the cut is limited to the very end of the finger (all of the cut is beyond the last crease) good first aid (wash thoroughly, antibiotic ointment and a bandaid) might be enough if your tetanus shot is up to date. This is very important! Otherwise, do as she says and see a doctor ASAP. Watch for infection!
Dr. Annette Occhialini
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Annette Occhialini
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Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: If your wife says so
Yes.

In brief: If your wife says so
Yes.
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Otto Placik
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