Question : How to take care of minor wounds from home and when should you see a doctor?

If a wound is painful and a patient is able to stop the bleeding after 1-2 minutes, it does not require sutures and will not require a doctor’s attention. It can typically be treated with either Vaseline and a bandaid or a silicone based scar gel and a bandaid initially followed by a physical blocker sunscreen thereafter for best results. My favorite silicone based scar gel is Silagen.

If a wound is painless and does not stop bleeding after a couple of minutes, it is considered a laceration and needs to be sutured. The painless nature of the laceration indicates nerves have been cut. Please report directly to an urgent care or emergency center for proper treatment.

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Dermatologist, Ellen Turner MD.

Dr. Ellen Turner is a double board-certified dermatologist with practices in Dallas and Irving, Texas. She specializes in medical and cosmetic dermatology, as well as anti-aging and regenerative medicine.

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