Treatment For Cuts/Lacerations


A cut refers to a wound with separation of connective tissue, usually caused by a sharp object. A laceration implies a jagged wound usually caused by blunt trauma; however, cuts and lacerations are essentially the same condition.


A cut is one of the easiest medical conditions to diagnose; as it describes an open wound in the skin. These are some of the most common injuries. The most obvious symptoms of a cut or laceration are bleeding, an obvious break or gap in the skin, and pain surrounding the injury.

Who is at risk?

Anyone is at risk for a cut or laceration.

Treatment for Cuts/Lacerations:

  • Apply pressure with a clean cloth to stop the bleeding
  • Clean the wound with water
  • To prevent infection, use an antibiotic ointment
  • Bandage the wound to keep it clean and prevent it from re-opening
  • Watch for swelling and redness and other signs of infection
  • In some cases, you may want to get a tetanus booster

When should I see a doctor?

  • You should consult your physician as to whether or not a tetanus booster will be necessary.
  • If you cannot stop the bleeding from the wound, seek medical attention.
  • If the wound edges are separated and gaping.
  • If an object or debris is embedded in the cut.
  • If the wound shows signs of infection such as warmth and redness in the area.
  • If the wound was caused by a bite from a human or animal.

Treatment for Cuts and Lacerations is available now at Pulse-MD Urgent Care in Wappingers Falls, Mahopac, Mohegan Lake, Thornwood, and Poughkeepsie, NY.

For more information on Cuts and Lacerations, see the following websites:

Information on Wounds – Medline Plus (NIH)

Preventing Cuts and Lacerations  – from Safety + Health Magazine

Cuts, Scrapes and Stitches: Caring for Wounds – from


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