Hand and wrist laceration symptoms
Is your laceration healing properly? If you keep the area clean, the chance of infection is low. However, watch for these signs of infection:
Foul odor coming from the cut
Pus or discharge coming from the cut or scrape
Redness, swelling or warmth in the affected area
If you have any of these symptoms, see your doctor for treatment.
Hand and wrist laceration diagnosis
When a wound appears to be more than a minor cut, medical attention may be necessary. Experts at The Christ Hospital Health Network recommend seeking medical treatment if your laceration is:
A puncture wound
Bleeding heavily and does not stop bleeding after 5 to10 minutes of direct pressure
Caused by a dirty or rusty object
Caused by a human or animal bite
Deeper than a ½ inch
Embedded with dirt, gravel or stones
Longer than a ½ inch
Ragged with separated edges
Showing signs of infection (warm to touch, redness, swelling or draining)
If you have numbness around the laceration or an inability to move the nearby joint, urgent medical attention is needed to rule out injury to nerves, tendons or a broken bone. Our experienced team will quickly evaluate your injury and determine the best course of treatment.
Hand and wrist laceration treatment
If your cut is bleeding heavily, put direct pressure on it with a clean cloth for 5 to 10 minutes without stopping. If the blood soaks through the cloth, do not remove the original cloth; instead, put an additional cloth on top using continuous pressure.
Additional laceration treatments at The Christ Hospital Health Network may include:
Antibiotics—medicine for infection.
Antiseptic—a lotion or cream application.
Bandaging—covering for the area surrounding the laceration.
Cleaning the wound—with saline or water.
Stitches—special types of thread that hold wound edges together while they heal.
Surgery—if nerve or bone is damaged.
Tetanus shot—if you haven’t received one in last five years.
You can rely on the expertise of our physicians to help you manage a serious laceration to your hand or wrist.
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