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Laceration Specialist

Studio City Urgent Care and Medical Center, Inc -  - Family Practice

Studio City Urgent Care and Medical Center, Inc

Family Practice & Internal Medicine located in Valley Village, CA

Lacerations are irregular or jagged cuts in the skin that expose tissue and cause bleeding. Serious lacerations can put you at risk for infection and other complications. For prompt treatment for lacerations and more, visit Studio City Urgent Care and Medical Center, Inc in Valley Village, California. The clinic regularly treats cuts and lacerations to help patients heal quickly. Call today or make an appointment online.

Laceration Q & A

What is a laceration?

A laceration, or cut, is a wound in the skin that involves a break in body tissue. Most people will experience a cut at some point in their lives. Common causes of lacerations include falling, getting a cut from a sharp object, or a car accident. 

Lacerations are often irregular, jagged cuts that open the skin and expose the underlying tissue. If there’s a lot of bleeding with a laceration or bleeding lasts longer than 20 minutes, you should seek immediate medical care. 

How are lacerations treated?

Depending on how deep the laceration is, treatment methods vary. For small lacerations and cuts, stop bleeding with direct pressure. Clean the wound gently with soap and water, and dress the cut with antibiotic ointment and a clean bandage to help prevent infection. 

Medical care from Studio City Urgent Care and Medical Center, Inc for lacerations can help stop bleeding, control pain, and aid healing. Topical medicine or an injection into surrounding nerves can help manage pain associated with lacerations. 

It’s very important to clean lacerations to prevent infection. Your provider first cleans the skin around the wound, then uses a saline solution to clean inside it. Minor cuts can often be closed with medical-grade adhesive tape, while deeper cuts may need stitches.

When does a laceration require professional medical care?

At-home treatment works for many cuts and lacerations. But sometimes, serious wounds require medical care. The number one reason to seek medical care for a laceration is if bleeding doesn’t stop within 15 to 20 minutes. 

Blood loss is a serious concern for deep lacerations. When you get a laceration, control bleeding by applying direct pressure to the wound, and elevating it above heart level. Then visit Studio City Urgent Care and Medical Center, Inc for expert treatment, to avoid infection or other serious complications.

If the laceration is from an animal bite, you should visit Studio City Urgent Care and Medical Center, Inc as soon as possible. Animal bites can cause rabies, so it’s important to examine all wounds animals cause. Wounds can transfer other contaminants, and vaccinations like a tetanus shot may be recommended to help you fight infection after a laceration. 

Studio City Urgent Care and Medical Center, Inc is here to treat lacerations, cuts, and other open wounds to help you get started feeling better sooner. Visit the urgent care clinic, schedule an appointment online, or call to learn more today.