Understanding Skin Injuries
Skin injuries can occur at any time, often unexpectedly, including during leisure activities or vacations. Effective treatment varies based on the injury’s size, depth, location, cleanliness, and whether it affects underlying structures like blood vessels, tendons, muscles, or organs.
Assessing the Injury
Surface injuries require cleaning and covering with a non-stick dressing, healing within days. Deeper wounds need aligning for proper healing without . In easily closable areas, such as a chin cut, sterile strips might suffice instead of stitches.
Stitching at Our Clinic
Deep wounds typically require stitching at our clinic. We ensure sterile conditions and use local anesthesia. Our doctor examines for any underlying damage, moving to a surgery room for serious cases.
Stitches, if not dissolvable, come out between 5-10 days, based on the injury’s type and location. Wound edge tension influences this timing.
Decision on Antibiotics
Antibiotic necessity is a doctor’s call, depending on the wound’s cleanliness and depth. Factors like street injuries or indoor glass cuts influence this decision.
If vaccinated with a recent booster, you’re protected. In well-serviced healthcare systems, children receive tetanus vaccines, with boosters every 5-10 years.
Uncertain about your booster? You’ll need an immediate vaccine (a new booster).
Unvaccinated individuals receive an anti-tetanus serum and start a recommended vaccination series for future safety.