Cuts, lacerations, and bites can be especially concerning, but with the right compassionate medical support and care, you’ll be back on the road to optimal health in no time. When minor cuts and lacerations occur, the dedicated experts at Urgent Med have treatments and solutions in two locations in Plantation and Davie, Florida. At Urgent Med, you can depend on the health professionals for prompt, personalized, and empathic care. Urgent Med has a walk-in clinic and an after-hours clinic. You can also call or book online today.
Some of the most common bites or stings in the US are from:
Many bites itch, but they’re not serious. Some insects and creatures carry venom, and others can carry viruses and spread diseases, such as malaria and the Zika virus.
With certain bites, such as an insect bite or sting, you might notice a small, itchy red bump. You might develop a larger sore or ulcer that becomes swollen and painful.
Signs of an infected bite include redness and swelling around the bite. In rare cases, you might have an allergic reaction, such as hives, rash, or breathing difficulties.
Other bites can be more severe, such as a dog bite where blood is drawn, and tissue damage can occur. There’s also the risk of infection.
A cut is an opening or break in the skin and is also called a laceration. A deep cut can affect your muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, nerves, and bone.
Some lacerations can get contaminated with bacteria and debris from whatever object caused the wound. A puncture usually refers to a wound made by a pointed object, such as a knife, nail, or sharp tooth.
Open wounds and cuts can also be caused by car accidents, falls, and injuries.
If your laceration, cut, or bite is bleeding severely, you should visit your local hospital emergency room as soon as possible.
If you think you’re having a severe allergic reaction to a bite or sting, you should also visit your local hospital emergency room as soon as possible. If you have an epinephrine auto-injector, you should use it immediately. You can also clean the bite, place a cold compress on the area, and take an antihistamine.
Minor and moderate puncture wounds, lacerations, bites, and cuts can be treated at Urgent Med. Your Urgent Med provider examines your wound and might give you certain medications, such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, or painkillers.
Your provider collects a personal medical history and might send you for imaging, such as X-rays.
Treatment might involve cleansing and local anesthesia, debridement to remove dead tissue, and wound closure with sutures, bandages, metal staples, adhesive strips, or liquid topical skin adhesives. The specifics of your treatment depend on the extent, type, and severity of your wound.
Your Urgent Med provider helps you heal, minimizes your risk of infection, and optimizes your cosmetic results.
If you have a cut, laceration, or bite, you can depend on the Urgent Med providers for prompt and effective care. Walk-in, call, or book online today.