Most of the time, a cut or wound can be easily treated with a Band-Aid and a little antibiotic ointment. However, when is it necessary to head to the doctor for a stitch or two?
We have all likely dropped a glass bowl and had to clean up the pieces, or slipped our grip on a knife while prepping dinner. Most of the time, a cut or wound can be easily treated with a Band-Aid and a little antibiotic ointment. However, when is it necessary to head to the doctor for a stitch or two?
Stitches provide support and strength while your skin heals and also lower the chance of infection that may come from an open wound. It also brings the skin edges together so that an ugly scar is less likely to form.
Be sure to speak with your doctor about caring for your stitches, as each case may be different. If you have further questions about caring for your wound after leaving the office, make sure you call and speak with your doctor or nurse.
We are here when you need us! Patient First is able to evaluate and treat a wide range of illnesses and injuries. You can visit any Patient First center from 8am to 8pm, every day of the year – no appointment is needed.
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