A laceration is a tear in the skin which results from an injury. You do not need to see a doctor if the tear does not involve the full thickness of the skin. Most minor lacerations have minimal bleeding, minimal pain and no numbness or tingling at the site. If you can see any bones or tendons or there is excessive bleeding and pain, seek medical attention immediately.
If the laceration involves the full thickness of the skin, stitches may be required to close the laceration site. If stitches are placed, the wound care is as follows:
Bruising may be seen around the laceration site which is caused by blood clotting under the skin surface. Some swelling may also be noted at the site. If bruising and swelling occur, you can apply ice to the site and elevate the area above the level of the heart. If the bruising and the swelling do not improve within 24 hours, contact your primary care physician.
Remember if you have any questions or concerns, contact your doctor.
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