Skin is the largest organ of the human body. It protects us, acting as a barrier to any harmful germs or severe injury. Sometimes cuts and scrapes happen, though, and need to be treated properly to prevent infection or further damage.
What Is a Cut
A cut ( or scrape or break) in the skin is called a laceration. The cut may be near the surface of the skin or deeper. It can also be smooth or jagged depending on its cause. Based on the depth of the laceration, it can affect the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, or blood vessels.
How To Treat a Cut
If you receive a cut, apply pressure to the cut area with a clean, dry cloth. Bleeding should stop within ten minutes. If the cut is more than 1/2 inch long or 1/4 inch deep, please schedule an appointment at one of our local clinics as any cut that is gaping or split open may need stitches. Ideally, to prevent infections, the wound should be closed as soon as possible. For any of the following symptoms, please visit one of our urgent care clinics:
What Is a Burn
A burn is a type of injury to the skin, or other tissues, caused by heat, cold, electricity, chemicals, friction, or radiation. Most burns are due to heat from hot liquids, solids, or fire. Burns can also occur as a result of self-harm or violence between people.
Burns are classified by: