If you experience a laceration, or a large cut in your skin requiring medical treatment, Eddie Turner, MD, and the experienced urgent care team at Mableton Urgent Care are here for you. They stitch up your wound when necessary and disinfect it to prevent infections and other complications. Mableton Urgent Care offers convenient hours and walk-in appointments for emergencies. Schedule an appointment at the Mableton, Georgia, office over the phone or online today. You can also simply walk in.
A laceration is a cut that occurs when your skin tears in an irregular, jagged fashion. Lacerations cause bleeding and may require stitches to heal properly. They often get contaminated with bacteria and other debris from objects that caused the cut.
Any type of sharp object can cause a laceration. You might experience lacerations from falling down, bumping your head, using a knife, getting bitten by an animal, playing sports, working with machinery, or being in an automobile accident. Lacerations may also occur from stepping on a sharp object, such as a piece of glass.
If you experience a laceration, wash your hands to avoid spreading bacteria. Step the bleeding by applying gentle pressure to the area with a clean cloth or bandage. Elevate the affected area until the bleeding stops.
Rinse your wound with water and remove debris or dirt with tweezers if you can. Apply a topical antibiotic to the area and cover it with a bandage. For severe lacerations, stop the bleeding with pressure and head to Mableton Urgent Care as soon as possible.
When you arrive at Mableton Urgent Care, your doctor reviews your medical history and examines your laceration.
They clean and disinfect the area with an antibiotic, remove debris or dirt from the wound, and let you know if you require adhesive tape or stitches to help the laceration heal properly.
If you require stitches, your doctor can numb the area if you’d like. They place stitches in your skin at the injury site and let you know when to return to the office to have the stitches removed. You might require a tetanus shot if you haven’t had one within the last five years.
Keep your wound clean and cover it while it heals. Change the dressing at least once daily or if it becomes dirty or wet. Watch for signs of infection while your laceration heals. See your doctor if you experience redness, increasing pain, swelling, warmth, or drainage from the wound.
If you have a deep laceration, seek medical treatment right away. Schedule an appointment at Mableton Urgent Care over the phone or online, or simply walk in during their convenient office hours.