Open wounds, deep cuts, and other types of lacerations are among the most common reasons people seek urgent care. Milad Shaker, MD, treats lacerations and other types of injuries at Shaker Urgent Care & Family Practice in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. If you or a loved one has a bad cut that needs medical attention, feel free to call ahead or simply walk in for prompt medical care.
Cuts are wounds that break the skin, usually after an accident involving a sharp object like a kitchen knife. Cuts are the most common types of lacerations, a term that refers to a broad range of open skin wounds, including:
Lacerations may be deep enough to tear through the layers of tissue beneath your skin and are often irregular in shape. Lacerations may include ragged edges, bruises, or bleeding.
Minor cuts usually heal on their own with proper home care, such as washing the wound with water and mild liquid soap and covering it with a clean bandage. You should go to Shaker Urgent Care & Family Practice if any of the following conditions apply to your laceration:
Although not technically a laceration, puncture wounds from an object, such as a carpentry nail or animal bite are equally, if not more serious. Puncture wounds are deep and narrow, which makes them difficult to clean on your own. These wounds are especially prone to infection and require urgent medical care.
Shaker Urgent Care & Family Practice provides prompt medical services, but it isn’t a hospital. In cases where you or a loved one is seriously injured and may need to be monitored for a period of time, you should go to a hospital emergency department.
Cuts and lacerations that may require emergency care include:
Injuries that create life-threatening conditions require emergency care, while injuries that may become serious without same-day treatment should go to urgent care.
First, Dr. Shaker or a member of his team stop the bleeding if it isn’t already under control. Then, he performs a physical exam, during which he thoroughly cleans and evaluates the severity of your cut or laceration.
Depending on the type and extent of your wound, Dr. Shaker may recommend the following treatments:
Timely medical care can prevent infection and reduce unsightly scars that may otherwise result from cuts and lacerations. Don’t hesitate to call Shaker Urgent Care & Family Practice or walk in for expert treatment today.