What Is A Laceration?
Professionals at Premier Urgent Care are here to help treat lacerations. If you have pain, bruising, bleeding or swelling from a laceration, seek medical attention right away! For more information please call us or book an appointment online. Walk-ins are welcome! We serve patients from Oxford CT, Newington CT, Naugatuck CT, New Britain CT, Seymour CT, Wethersfield CT, West Hartford CT, Ansonia CT, Bristol CT, Naugatuck CT, Cromwell, CT and Waterbury CT.
Lacerations happen and is the most common cause of emergency room visits in the United States, with between 7 to 9 million cases being reported annually. Some lacerations can be treated at home with a first aid kit, while others more serious, may require emergency care, especially if the wound is deep and the bleeding just won’t stop.
What is a laceration injury?
A laceration is a cut that goes right through the skin. Cuts that are small may be cared for at home, but a deep laceration that goes beneath the skin through the fat layer or to the muscle layer may need medical attention immediately. Laceration on the hands, fingers and toes are common and typically heal on their own. The treatment however for a laceration really depends on how deep the cut actually is. Treating a laceration properly will reduce the risk of infection, scarring, hospitalization, and may save your life.
What is the actual difference between a laceration and a cut?
A cut is typically defined as a skin wound caused by a sharp object, like a shard of glass, or a knife. A laceration is commonly identified as a cut with a jagged or torn wound that is caused by a sharp object. A laceration, or a deep cut, can affect muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, nerves, or bones. A laceration or deep cut can also become infected if it is not treated properly.
How is a laceration treated?
Healthcare professionals recommend that you treat lacerations much the same way as a cut. When you experience a laceration, apply direct pressure to the area, then clean the area with warm water and gentle soap, and also apply an antibiotic ointment to help reduce the chance of infection. You should also put a sterile bandage on the area and check regularly for infection. Since lacerations can be very painful, you may want to apply an ice application, and if this doesn’t work try using over-the-counter pain relievers. Elevating the wound also helps too. You need to call a healthcare provider if the bleeding won’t stop, there is swelling, redness, or pain around the wound, red streaks visible near the injury pointing toward the heart, pus discharging from the wound, numbness in the area of injury, or have a temperature of over 100.4F.
Do lacerations require stitches?
When you know the bleeding has stopped, check with your doctor on whether or not you need stitches. A wound that is deeper or longer than a half-inch or is deep enough to expose bone, fatty tissue, or muscle will require stitches. While larger lacerations can eventually heal on their own without stitches, stitching is typically recommended as it promotes faster healing, keeps bacteria out of the wound, therefore helping reduce the risk of infection and helping prevent scarring.
In the event you are taken to the hospital, a doctor may examine the wound, decide if a surgeon is needed, and may ask about your medical history, allergies and how the wound occurred. Your doctor may also talk to you about your pain tolerance and may discuss options for closing the laceration. For minor lacerations, local anesthesia may be used to numb the area around the wound, and for more severe lacerations general anesthesia may be needed to block pain and keep you asleep. In some cases, no anesthesia is needed.
If you have a laceration and need medical attention, we welcome you to contact us through our website. Premier Urgent Care offers laceration treatment. We are open weekdays from 8:00 AM to 7:30 PM, and on weekends from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.