Cuts or Lacerations (cont.)
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When to Seek Medical Care
Call your doctor to decide whether you need a tetanus booster. You should have had a tetanus booster immunization within the last 10 years if you have a simple, clean cut, or within the last five years if you have a more complex or dirty cut.
Beyond general wound care advice, it is very difficult to give advice on care specific to a patient's cut over the phone. Your doctor may help you decide whether it is better to go to the doctor's office or to a hospital's Emergency Department.
Ask these questions when considering whether to get treatment for a cut at a hospital's Emergency Department:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/28/2014