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Last edited by lazy loops; 12-22-2014 at 05:14 PM.
I think it may be too late at this point to get stitches for the wound to properly bind together (what time did you get cut yesterday?) if stitches are required. I don't think 1/8th of an inch sounds too serious - just head out to Walgreens and get some of the butterfly strips to hold the cut together.
It might be too late to stitch it anyway...24 hours is usually the limit...but if you can't get the bleeding to stop with 15 minutes of direct pressure, you really should have the wound evaluated by a doctor.
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Last edited by lazy loops; 12-22-2014 at 05:14 PM.
I cut a finger a few years ago and called Ask-A-Nurse with this very question. If the edges of the cut do NOT fit together, you probably need stitches. I do, however, agree with the pp that I think it needs to be done sooner rather than later.
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I doubt I even need a tetanus booster. I don't think his knife was that rusty. The last shot I had was in the early 00's anyhow, so it hasn't been 10 yrs.
Originally Posted by lazy loops
Sorry, but I think the rule is 10 yrs w/out a cut, etc; 5 years if you do get cut. You really should get a booster. They made me last time.

Has it stopped bleeding by now? I'd use the steri-strips.

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Ah, so, 24 hrs is the limit. That means I don't have to go to a doc!
Originally Posted by lazy loops
Not necessarily.

My MIL cut her finger badly, and I said it looked like she needed stitches. FIL (the Oncologist!), said it would heal just fine. Three days later, he took her to the ER where they gave her stitches. We still joke that he was a great oncologist but a lousy general practitioner. (there were other examples of this, not just that one)
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I'll just use "super glue"

This is what I would do. As long as I can get the edges of a wound together, I glue it. The faster something is closed/stitched, the better the scar will be. I keep a couple new tubes of Super Glue around just for such occasions. That's what Super Glue was invented for in the first place...back in the 1960's, for our soldiers in Viet Nam to be able to close their own wounds. Dermabond is simply sterilized Super Glue (and more expensive).

Don't put the glue IN the wound though. Close the edges and lay a bead or two of glue on top of it.
If it starts up again you should at least call your doctor since you're on coumadin. When I cut my hand, they didn't take stitches but she did tell me to skip the coumadin that evening and take my regular morning dosage.
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Last edited by lazy loops; 12-22-2014 at 05:15 PM.
Call the doc since you're on Coumadin!

I'd use the steri strips.
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Last edited by lazy loops; 12-22-2014 at 05:15 PM.

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