Taking Care of Cuts

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Proper care of cuts, whether large or small, is essential to avoid infection and other complications. Dr. Edward Hill discusses proper follow-up care for cuts in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Your doctor may close large cuts, called lacerations, with stitches or staples. Stitches are also called sutures. For smaller cuts, your doctor may use skin glue called tissue adhesive or tape to close the wound.

It is important to watch and care for your cut after the doctor closes it. The following should help your wound heal:

When your doctor tells you its okay to get the wound wet, get it damp in the shower, but dont soak it.

If your doctor says it is okay, put a small amount of antibiotic ointment or white petroleum jelly on the wound daily.

Tell your doctor if your wound gets red, swells up, starts to hurt or has liquid coming out of it. Any of these could mean that the wound is infected.

Skin glue, tape, and some stitches and staples dissolve or come off on their own. Ask your doctor if and when you should go back for a follow-up visit.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.