By Bruce Kinney, DO
Urgent Care Hawaii Clinical Director – Kailua
Summer is here, which means lots of outdoor activities that can sometimes lead to cuts and scrapes. The first question patients usually have is “Does this need stitches?”. The simple answer is, if the cut doesn’t go all the way through the skin, probably not. If you aren’t sure please come in so we can see if you need stitches.
- First, cleaning the wound thoroughly with soap and water right away is critical. This will work just as well as hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol and it stings a lot less! If you are concerned there is dirt, glass, or anything else still in the wound, it needs to be examined by a doctor.
- Next, if you are still bleeding, press a clean bandage firmly onto the wound and elevate it for up to 20 minutes. If it continues to bleed after that please come in right away (you probably will need stitches). If the bleeding stops place a clean bandage and topical antibiotic ointment on the wound. This should be changed every day until it heals.
- Every day when you change the bandage check for signs of infection: redness, swelling, pus and worsening pain are all reasons to come in right away. Once these signs are present, prescription antibiotics are needed to treat the infection.
- Lastly: do you need a tetanus shot? If it has been more than ten years the answer is YES, no matter what. If it has been less than ten years but you have a deep or dirty wound, you may still need a tetanus shot, please come in to Urgent Care Hawaii and discuss this with one of our providers.
About Urgent Care Hawaii: Urgent Care Hawaii medical clinics provide immediate and urgent medical care on Oahu for Pearl City, Honolulu, Waikiki, Waipahu, Aiea, Kapolei, Kunia, Waipio, Makakilo, Halawa, Mililani, Kailua and Ewa Beach. The clinics provide quick and affordable options for people needing immediate medical care and treatment for common or everyday health problems seven days a week – no appointments are necessary. The Pearl City location is certified by The Urgent Care Association of America.
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