Cuts and Scrapes Treatment Questions and Answers
Get proper care for your cuts and scrapes before they get infected. At Physicians Now Urgent Care, we provide walk-in services at 15215 Shady Grove Road, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850. Also, you can also call us or schedule an appointment online for more information.
What are cuts and scrapes?
Cuts and scrapes can easily happen to anyone of any age. It happens when your skin becomes broken either accidentally, worn away, or on purpose. This can be from a fall, banging up against a hard object, or being cut by something relatively sharp.
Some individuals are more prone to injuries than others, mainly children, especially while they play, they tend to injure themselves quite frequently. While others are likely to get injured with a cut or scrape due to their job or due to certain illnesses or medications.
What are the symptoms of cuts and scrapes?
It is pretty clear when you may have injured yourself, however; for some, they injure themselves without knowing it, as their adrenaline is running or they are busy doing something and completely go unaware of them being hurt. The symptoms of a cut or scrape will include pain, redness, sometimes blood depending on how deep the cut or scrape is.
You will want to be careful that the cut or scrape does not become infected, to do this it is best to keep the area clean, this will lower your chance of infection. Signs of infection to watch out for include:
- Increased pain
- Discharge or pus coming out of the cut or scrape
- Foul odor coming out of the cut or scrape
- Redness, swelling, or warmth in the affected area
To stop the infection from spreading further, antibiotic cream or ointment will likely be needed. Depending on the severity of the case, other methods may be prescribed.
When should you call a doctor for cuts and scrapes?
Most of the cuts or scrapes many often have happen are also known as abrasions, many of these can be cared for at home. Due to the broken skin with cuts and scrapes, there can always be complications, and you may need to seek medical attention.
If your cut or scrape is large, deep, or won’t stop bleeding, as well as may need stitches or is super painful, these are all signs to immediately walk-in to an urgent care for medical attention like Physicians Now Urgent Care. The following types of cuts, wounds or scrapes that should be assessed by a medical professional like a doctor includes:
- Puncture wounds
- Deep, long cuts, gaping cuts or cuts showing raggedy torn edges that may need stitches.
- Wounds that won’t stop bleeding or has spurts of blood
- Wounds that have debris in them, that are hard to remove
- Wounds on or near the face, a joint, or the genitals
There you will get the medical attention needed to help with your cuts or scrapes.
Why is it important to treat cuts and scrapes?
Small haphazard can often lead to minor cuts and scrapes, which is a part of everyone’s everyday life. It can take as little as a misstep to fall and skin your knee.
Treating a cut or scrap is an important step in taking care of yourself. By properly treating a cut or scrap, you are giving yourself a better chance at not having the cut or scrape become infected and cause more harm. As well, treating the cut or scrap will also help by healing the wound faster than if you were to leave it as well as the scarring will be less visible or gone with treatment.
Once the wound has fully healed, there will be no risk of infection, and the antibiotic ointment or cream that was prescribed or picked up from a local pharmacy can now be replaced with the likes of vitamin E oil, aloe vera gel, or petroleum jelly. By massaging these into the scar that is left behind, you are able to break up the thick scar tissue that is under the skin, making it softer and less noticeable. We serve patients from Rockville MD, Travilah MD, Darnestown MD, Germantown MD, Gaithersburg MD, Colesville MD, and Bethesda MD.
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