Causes of cuts
Cuts are open wounds through the skin. Normally the skin is under slight, constant tension as it covers the body. A cut is a forceful injury to the skin. Many people accidentally cut themselves with household or work items, yard tools, or when operating machinery. Children often are cut during play and sports activities, or from falls while riding wheeled toys, such as bikes, scooters, or skateboards. Most cuts are minor and home treatment is usually all that is needed.
Cuts can be caused by:
Types of cuts
Some types of cuts are more serious and need medical evaluation and treatment. These more serious cuts include:
Injury to the skin may also break small blood vessels under the skin and cause more swelling and bruising than you would expect.
What to do if you get a cut?
When you have a cut:
Cuts to the head or face may appear worse than they are and bleed a lot because of the good blood supply to this area. Controlling the bleeding will allow you to determine the seriousness of the injury.
Check your symptoms to decide if and when you should see a doctor.
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