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.