What's Going Around: Lacerations

By: Stephanie Satchell Email
By: Stephanie Satchell Email

June 25, 2012

Whether big or small, lacerations can end up becoming a major pain.
In this week's what's going around, we're focusing lacerations; also known as cuts.

Dr. Michael Sty of Spring Creek Family Medicine is providing our medical information.

Symptoms of lacerations include puncture wounds, an increase in pain, fever and excessive bleeding.

Dr. Sty recommends that patients be seen immediately, so stitches can be placed if needed. Dr. Sty also says that if wounds are older than 24 hours; most doctors will not place sutures because of the risk of infection.

The two ways to treat lacerations are to wash the wound thoroughly with medicated fluid and a suture placement with stitches.

Doctors can prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection and suggest that tetanus be updated every ten years.

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