Ouch! Treating Lacerations and Cuts at ConvenientMD
Another school year is here, and for many students, athletics have already begun. While getting out onto the field can be a fun, rewarding experience, playing sports comes along with the risk of injury—especially fall contact sports like football. Lacerations and cuts can happen both on and off the field, and they’re by no means restricted to students or athletes. So, what should you do if you or a loved one gets hurt?
At ConvenientMD, we treat minor to moderate lacerations and cuts on a regular basis. Here’s what you need to know about these all-too-common injuries, as well as what you should do if you’ve suffered a laceration or cut.
What are Lacerations and Cuts?
Most people are familiar with simple, mild cuts, such as those sustained from improperly slicing with a knife or even handling certain types of paper (“paper cuts” can be particularly painful!). They can be caused by a simple puncture. Minor cuts tend to heal relatively quickly and do not typically come along with a high risk for infection. Lacerations, on the other hand, are usually deeper, may lead to separation of the connective tissue, in which case bleeding—sometimes significant—is almost always present. Lacerations often result from blunt trauma, falling or collisions. In severe cases, damage to the muscle and underlying skin can occur.
What are the Symptoms of Lacerations and Cuts?
Lacerations and cuts are usually obvious and do not tend to go ignored or overlooked. They can come along with varying symptoms, however, including the following:
- Pain (mild to severe depending upon the injury)
- Skin discoloration
In severe cases, the following symptoms may occur:
- Bleeding that cannot be stopped
- Debris in the wound
- Numbness beyond the wound or inability to move a finger or toe.
- Partially severed fingers/toes
- Signs of shock (such as weak pulse, clammy skin, rapid breathing)
These symptoms are signs of a medical emergency. If experienced, seek medical treatment right away so as to prevent complications from forming.
Diagnosing and Treating Lacerations and Cuts
The first step with any laceration or cut is to stop the bleeding if possible. This can be done by applying direct pressure to the wound and keeping the affected area elevated. Cleaning the wound with soap and water will help to prevent infection. With moderate lacerations and cuts that require medical attention, a treating provider will do what’s necessary to stop any excessive bleeding and may use a topical anesthetic or injection to treat pain and discomfort. From there, the wound will either be sewed or bandaged appropriately, minimizing the risk of bacterial infection.
In addition, the provider will assess the patient’s tetanus immunization status.
Visit ConvenientMD to Get Treated Today!
There are certainly ways in which to help prevent lacerations and cuts from occurring, however these types of injuries can happen at any time, and no one is immune. At ConvenientMD, we treat a wide variety of illnesses and injuries, including mild to moderate lacerations and cuts. Our highly experienced treating providers help patients get back to feeling their best quickly and efficiently, reducing the risks of complications and putting minds at ease in the process.
Have you or a loved one suffered a laceration or cut? Visit any ConvenientMD location to get treated today. Just walk right in—you don’t ever need an appointment!