Question: How Do You Know If A Cut Needs Medical Attention?

How long should a cut bleed before seeking medical attention?

Bleeding: Applying pressure on the wound should stop the bleeding.

If the cut is still bleeding after 10 minutes of pressure, then it’s important to seek medical care as soon as possible.

Also, you likely need stitches if the blood spurts out of the wound or soaks through the bandage..

Can a deep cut heal without stitches?

How deep is your wound? If it’s just a shallow cut in the skin, it should heal fairly quickly on its own without any complications. However, if the abrasion is more than one-quarter of an inch deep, you will likely need stitches.

When should medical help be sought for a cut?

Seek medical care within 6 hours if the bleeding does not stop, as the wound might need stitches. A delay can increase the rate of wound infection. Any puncture wound through tennis shoes or sneakers has a high risk of infection and should be seen by a doctor.

Do I need stitches if it stops bleeding?

Direct Pressure Doesn’t Stop Bleeding But if it keeps bleeding through each new one, you might need stitches. If direct pressure won’t stop the bleeding, get help.

Is my cut infected or just healing?

After the initial discharge of a bit of pus and blood, your wound should be clear. If the discharge continues through the wound healing process and begins to smell bad or have discoloration, it’s probably a sign of infection.