CareNow® - August 15, 2016

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If you have a cut, the first step is to treat the wound, then the second step is to determine whether or not the cut requires stitches. The longer the wound stays open, the higher the risk of infection, so it's important to make a decision quickly. If a wound needs to be closed by a doctor, it should normally be done within 6 to 8 hours after the injury (although some wounds can be treated as many as 24 hours later).

Once you've been cut, the wound should be washed well and direct pressure applied to halt bleeding. To determine if your wound requires medical attention, it is recommended to take a look at the cut and if it seems to be anything more severe than a paper cut, it is recommended you seek medical attention for further evaluation.

If you believe your wound needs to be treated by a doctor, hold off on using an antiseptic or antibiotic ointment on the wound until a doctor has examined it.

For wounds requiring treatment, consider going to your local CareNow. To find the nearest CareNow to you, visit our website. Be sure to utilize the Web Check-In® to avoid the waiting room on your visit!

Disclaimer: Patients' health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.