Monday, July 07, 2014
Do you need stitches?
Lacerations are what we think of as "cuts." A dog bite can be a laceration, but is not usually stitched because it would stitch in bad germs and bacteria.
If you see tendons, muscles or yellow fat--it may need stitching. A lot of bleeding also calls for attention.
If you do go to the ER, you may be glued back together--no stitch removal and no numbing beforehand. Glue is for nonmoving parts.
Scalp wounds bleed a lot--so stitches may be indicated.
If the wound seems to be healing well, it's probably OK--acute pain or heat, maybe get it checked out.
Stitches can only be placed in the first 12 hours anyhow.
Mom used to say, "I needs air to heal." I am still here. And we still have air.