Does my cut need stitches? When to see a Doctor for cuts and lacerations.

How to know if your cut needs stitches

Whether from the slip of a kitchen knife, a piece of broken glass, or a skateboard wipe-out — cuts, scrapes, and lacerations can happen to anyone.

While some cuts and lacerations can be easily treated at home, others require medical attention. Saddleback Family and Urgent Care can treat most cuts and is prepared to treat you on-site with sutures, and, if needed, X-rays and tetanus shots.

Does my cut need sutures?

Head into Saddleback Family & Urgent Care now if your cut or laceration:

  • is jagged
  • is on your face
  • has edges that gape open
  • may have damaged deeper tissues such as nerves, tendons, or joints
  • feels numb
  • has dirt or debris in it
  • continues bleeding after 20 minutes of firm, direct pressure

As always, call 911 or visit the nearest emergency department for serious or life-threatening injuries.

Avoid ugly scars and infection

Cuts and lacerations can lead to infection and scarring if they are not properly cleaned and treated. If you suffer a cut involving glass or metal, you may also need an x-ray to make sure that there is nothing left inside. Depending on the circumstances of your cut and general health, your doctor may recommend a tetanus booster or a round of antibiotics.

Don’t wait. If your cut may need stitches, see a doctor today at Saddleback Family and Urgent Care in Mission Viejo or Lake Forest.

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