If you or your child develops a large or painful laceration, see the experts at America First Urgent Care for same-day care. Its skilled medical doctors and nurse practitioners repair lacerations to enhance healing, minimize scarring, and reduce the risk of complications. Call the office in Coppell, Bedford, or Mesquite, Texas, or use the online booking feature today.
Lacerations are tears in the skin that usually cause mild, moderate, or severe bleeding. They are a type of wound that may need stitches or other forms of medical intervention to heal effectively. If you’re unsure if your wound needs immediate medical treatment, call the nearest America First Urgent Care office, and a friendly provider can happily answer your questions.
If a laceration is bleeding, place pressure on the wound and bandage it to reduce the bleeding before heading to America First Urgent Care for a same-day evaluation. In the case of severe bleeding that is life-threatening, call 911 right away.
Lacerations are often caused by a knife, glass, sharp stone, or the tooth of an animal during a bite, saw, or another sharp object. When wounded tissues tear, they create a small, medium, or large wound. In comparison, puncture wounds are tiny circular wounds caused by a sharp, thin, pointy object like a pen.
The America First Urgent Care team diagnoses lacerations after examining a wound. They also review your medical history, symptoms, and medications and complete a physical exam. If you have additional injuries or signs of an infection, your provider may recommend diagnostic tests like a tissue swab or blood tests.
The America First Urgent Care team offers numerous treatments for lacerations, including:
Before repairing a wound, your America First Urgent Care provider cleans and disinfects tissues surrounding the laceration.
To reduce the risk of infections or treat an infection, your provider may recommend topical or oral medications. You might also need a tetanus shot if your vaccinations aren’t up to date.
The America First Urgent Care team offers stitches to repair open wounds, reduce scarring, and speed up healing. Some types of stitches need removal after complete healing, while others dissolve on their own.
For a larger laceration, the America First Urgent Care team may use staples instead of stitches to repair lacerations.
Your America First Urgent Care specialist also offers medical tape or bandages to treat smaller lacerations.
Call the America First Urgent Care office to get treated for a laceration, or schedule an appointment online today.