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Cuts or Lacerations Topic Guide

Cuts or Lacerations Cuts or Lacerations: Cuts and lacerations are both terms that apply to a tear in the skin, though a laceration implies a more jagged tear. These terms do not include abrasions where the skin is scraped away, or avulsions where the skin is torn from the flesh. Cuts and lacerations must be disinfected and sutured in more serious cases. Basic first aid may be all that is necessary for more minor wounds. Infection is the biggest medical concern when it comes to cuts or lacerations. Signs of infection include
  • severe pain,
  • draining pus,
  • redness beyond the wound edges,
  • fever and chills, and
  • excessive wound swelling.

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