Wounds and lacerations (cuts) are common injuries that break the skin and cause bleeding. Deep cuts and wounds can also affect other organs, such as muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, and bones. Some minor cuts and wounds can be treated at home. This starts with cleaning, disinfecting, bandaging, and elevating the injured area. Tylenol can be taken to lessen the pain, and ice can be used to control swelling.
Some cuts and wounds, however, require medical attention. Urgent care centers like Physicians Immediate Care can treat most cuts and wounds and provide follow-up services for larger injuries. This care can include suturing (stitches), bandage changes, exams, pain management, and infection control. You should visit the emergency room if the wound is deep, if direct pressure doesn’t stop the bleeding, or if your bleeding continues for more than 20 minutes.
Our urgent care clinics are open with extended hours to help you when you need it. Find a location near you to get the care and expertise you deserve.