What are minor cuts and wounds?
Minor cuts and wounds include minor abrasions, scratches, and superficial lacerations to the skin. These are common minor injuries that result in a break or opening in the skin.
What are the symptoms?
Common symptoms of minor cuts, wounds, abrasions, scratches and superficial lacerations include redness, minor bleeding, and minor swelling. Pain is often associated as well, since nerve endings may be exposed.
What is the treatment?
Visit a Take Care Health Provider for evaluation of the severity of your cut or wound. Minor, non-severe cuts and wounds may be treated with an application of skin adhesive; a sterile, liquid topical product used to seal a wound and protect it against infection and speed healing. Prompt evaluation of the wound is important because skin adhesive cannot be used on wounds already showing signs of infection. After thorough cleansing, the skin adhesive is applied to the wound and allowed to dry for several moments. Patients are given follow-up care instructions to ensure proper healing. Skin adhesive is not used to treat minor cuts or wounds of the face, scalp, genitalia, joints, hands, or feet. Patients with severe wounds and associated bleeding should call 911.