Overview Of A Cut Or Laceration
- A cut signifies damage to the skin including damage to the connective tissue.
- It is different from an abrasion (an injury caused by rubbing or scraping); none of the skin is absent – the skin just appears separated.
- A cut is usually thought of as a wound from a piercing object (like a knife).
- The word laceration suggests a torn or serrated wound. Lacerations are usually caused by sharp items.
- A gash can be implied for a more intense effect because it indicates a wider or deeper cut.
- Bleeding often occurs when experiencing a cut or laceration. Other concerns with a cut include infection, discomfort, harm to the tissue underneath the skin, and impending scars.
Symptoms Of Cuts Or Lacerations
- Though it can be covered by blood, a cut is one of the easiest medical disorders to detect.
- A deep cut might expose core tissues such as muscle, bone, fat, or tendons.
- Some individuals collapse when they see blood (this is a nervous response in which an impulse slows the heart causing the blood pressure to drop).
- Doctors need to differentiate this common fainting occurrence from individuals who faint from loss of blood ( known as hemorrhagic shock)
When to Phone For Medical Assistance?
- Phone your doctor to establish whether you must get a tetanus injection.
- You would have had a tetanus injection vaccination within the previous 10 years if you have had a minor, clean cut, or the last five years if you suffered a more serious or unclean cut.
Questions To Ask The Doctor
- Can you stop the bleeding?
- Are the edges of the wound disconnected?
- Can you effectively clean out the wound?
- Is it likely that severe underlying harm was done (such as damage sustained to a tendon or nerve)?
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