Health Tip: When You Get a Cut

Health Tip: When You Get a Cut

Health Tip: When You Get a Cut

Signs you should see a doctor

(HealthDay News) -- Most minor cuts can be cared for at home, but there are times when a cut needs a doctor's attention.

The American Academy of Family Physicians says potential warning signs include a cut that:

  • Has dirt inside that you can't remove.
  • Bleeds excessively, meaning it soaks a bandage in less than 20 minutes, spurts blood or still bleeds despite 20 minutes of firm pressure.
  • Causes numbness, inflammation or tenderness.
  • Oozes a gray, creamy, thick fluid.
  • Is accompanied by a fever of greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Displays red streaks around the edges.
  • Is on your face or prevents you from moving comfortably.
  • Is deep, and you haven't had a tetanus shot in the past five years.
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