Whether at home, school, or work, cuts and lacerations are some of the most common injuries. They frequently need medical care to ensure they heal properly and don’t get infected. The experienced team at Neu Urgent Care in Hazel Park, Michigan, is fully prepared to treat cuts and lacerations, whether you need help cleaning the wound or it’s severe enough to need stitches. You can call the office to book a same-day appointment online, or simply walk in to receive immediate care for a cut or laceration.
Cuts are essentially the same as lacerations. They’re both wounds characterized by a break in your skin that’s usually caused by a sharp object. However, a wound is often called a laceration when the tear is irregular or jagged.
Cuts and lacerations may be near the skin’s surface or deep enough to affect the underlying tendons, ligaments, muscles, nerves, or blood vessels.
If you have any questions about your wound and whether it needs medical attention, call the team at Neu Urgent Care. After asking a few questions, they quickly assess the severity of your cut or laceration and recommend a course of action.
However, if you have any of the following symptoms, come straight to the walk-in clinic:
You should also come to Neu Urgent Care if your pain is severe or you can’t use the affected body part.
Cuts and lacerations are treated following three steps:
Whether you treat your cut at home or come into the clinic, the first step is to stop the bleeding. You can usually do this by placing a gauze or clean towel over the cut and applying pressure directly to the injured area. If the cut is on your foot, leg, hand, or arm, it also helps to elevate the affected limb. When you can’t stop the bleeding, come immediately to Neu Urgent Care.
Cleaning the wound is the best way to prevent infection and promote healing. At home, you can use a gentle soap and water, or plain water, to rinse the wound. Your doctor at Neu Urgent Care may use diluted hydrogen peroxide or irrigate the wound with a saline solution. If your wound is deep, your doctor may first use an anesthetic to numb the area.
A small cut may only need a bandage for protection while it heals. The team at Neu Urgent Care may use bandages, adhesive strips, tissue glue, or stitches to repair your cut or laceration, depending on the depth and severity of the wound.
When you suffer a cut or laceration, you can get immediate help as a walk-in patient, or you can call and schedule a same-day appointment at Neu Urgent Care.