A walk in clinic is the new great place to visit when you need to see a doctor. It is no longer the hospital emergency room. We all know how long that can take. Now that the summer is here, we are all spending our free time in the great outdoors doing “Urgent care near our thing.” This “thing,” unfortunately, will include from time to time, cuts, abrasions and lacerations. When this happens to you, think about a friendly neighborhood walk in clinic instead of the obvious emergency room.
Urgent care near – Sure, we speak of cuts, abrasions, and lacerations, but what exactly does that mean? Let’s break down the words and explain how exactly they are different from each other.
First thing to do when you are cut is to stop the bleeding. Minor cuts will usually stop on their own. Others will need a gentle pressure applied to them with a clean bandage or piece of cloth. Pressure should be applied for twenty to thirty minutes and the wound should be elevated if possible. It is important not to check if the bleeding has stopped as that will dislodge the clot.
It is also important to clean the wound with fresh, clean water from whatever source necessary. Soap can react with the wound in a detrimental way so keep it out of the cut. Remove debris that has ground its way into the wound as this may cause infection. If possible, apply an antibiotic and cover the wound before going to a walk in clinic.
An abrasion is defined as “Urgent care near superficial” damage to the skin, with the wound going no further than the epidermis layer. When we hear the word “superficial” it may deter us from the actual pain and discomfort of a real-life abrasion. These are often times caused by a rough scrape on the ground, as in a bad bike fall, etc.
If you receive an abrasion of any sort remember to clean the wound and remove all debris that has collected in it. A topical antibiotic should be applied. This will help keep the abrasion from becoming infected and will also help to keep the wound from drying out. A dry area will impede the healing process.
This term refers to a jagged more violent type of cut. Initially, it should be treated the same way as cuts and abrasions, by cleaning and applying topical antibiotics. It is important to get to a walk in clinic for more serious treatment to a cut such as a laceration.
A laceration can cause scarring if not treated properly. Proper treatment begins with the cleaning of the wound and the removal of debris. Next, an irrigation of saline can be used to make sure that infection will not occur. This is done because a laceration is much deeper by definition than cuts or abrasions. Only a professional medical doctor, such as in a certified walk in clinic can make the decisions possible to protect you from infection and scarring. A laceration may be closed with tape or tissue glue. Again, these decisions should only be made by a medical professional.