How to properly care for a cut

2 May 2018
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2 May 2018, Comments: 0

A cut might involve several skin layers and even through the muscle, fat, blood vessels or other tissues beneath the skin. A cut can be evident on the skin surface and might appear as straight, jagged or run in various directions.

What are the causes?

In most cases, a cut is due to the following:

  • Falls or during accidents
  • Running or hit by a sharp, hard or pointed object
  • Working with sharp, rough, pointed or serrated objects
  • Sustaining a deep scratch or bite mark from animals

What are the signs?

The usual symptoms might include the following:

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A cut can be evident on the skin surface and might appear as straight, jagged or run in various directions.

  • Pain
  • Opening in the skin or loss of skin
  • Redness
  • Bleeding

Management of a cut

The treatment for a wound is based on the cause, location, shape and size. There also some self-care measures for the injury. It is important to note that a cut or wound quickly heals with a low risk for infection if kept clean and the edges are sealed together as it recuperates.

See a doctor if an individual has a cut with the following factors:

  • Deep, large or jagged or bleeding could not be controlled
  • Brought about by an object that went through several layers of clothing or through a shoe
  • Accompanied by tingling or numbness close to the cut
  • Unable to receive a tetanus shot in the last 5 years and if the wound is caused by a dirty object or there is dirt inside the cut
  • Presence of foreign objects in the wound such as glass, wood or metal shards
  • Bone, muscle or tendon can be seen in the wound

Quick Note / Disclaimer

The material posted on this page on how to care for a cut is for learning and educational purposes only. To learn properly perform wound care, register for a first aid and CPR course with Toronto First Aid.

FACT CHECK

https://www.healthline.com/health/open-wound

https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/wounds.html

https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/194018-treatment

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