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Cuts and scrapes are part of life. If you have kids, they’re part of everyday life.
Most of the time we don’t hurt ourselves that badly. A scrape or a minor cut usually requires a little home treatment and heals on its own.
Sometimes, however, we end up with a doozy. Not all injuries need stitches to heal, but some do. And it’s not always easy to decide whether you need a doctor.
First, when you get a cut or puncture wound:
Watch for these wound characteristics, as they require a trip to the doctor:
If you need to get to an Immediate Care Center or Emergency Department for treatment, follow these tips before you go:
Our Immediate Care Centers are a convenient option for non-life threatening illnesses and injuries such cuts or minor wounds needing stitches.
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