Your risk of infection increases the longer the wound remains open. Most wounds that require closure should be stitched, stapled, or closed with skin adhesives (also called liquid stitches ) within 6 to 8 hours after the injury.
Apply an antiseptic lotion or cream. Cover the area with an adhesive bandage or gauze pad if the area is on the hands or feet, or if it’s likely to drain onto clothing. Change the dressing at least every day and whenever it gets wet or dirty. Check the area each day and keep it clean and dry.
When You Need to See a Doctor The injury is located on your face. The edges of the wound are gaping open. The injured area contains embedded dirt. Blood is spurting out or the bleeding won’t stop after 10 minutes of direct pressure.
A cut may need stitches (or other treatments) if: the bleeding does not stop after 10 minutes of applying pressure. the cut is long or deep.
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After 48 hours, re-suturing is rarely done (except on the face). After 48 hours, the sutured wound can be reinforced with tape. Cut Is Closed, but suture has come out early. The wound should heal up fine without any further treatment.
You can easily gauge particularly wide cuts by attempting to lightly pinch the two sides of the wound together. If the two sides do not easily connect, then the wound will not be able to heal properly without being held together by glue or stitches.
Super glue can be a viable option if used under the right circumstances (small and clean cut, not too deep and not infectious). If you choose to use household super glue or even over-the-counter adhesive products, do so with caution and full understanding of the risks, including infection and scarring.
Sustained Pain Experiencing tenderness while dealing with a healing wound is normal. Pain will be more prevalent with deeper, more severe wounds that affect beneath the skin’s surface but will typically resolve itself with two days.
The larger and deeper the scrape, the longer it will take to heal. A large, deep scrape may take up to 1 to 2 weeks or longer to heal. It’s common to have small amounts of fluid drain or ooze from a scrape. This oozing usually clears up gradually and stops within 4 days.
If you wait too long to receive care, and particularly if there’s concern about infection, such as a dog bite, the physician might want to do what’s called a “delayed closure.” That means waiting 1-2 days before closing the wound, allowing the potential infection to drain.