If you are bleeding excessively from a nasty gash, see a doctor who will assess your wound based on its location, size and severity, your age, and any comorbidities. Stitching may be done for lacerations longer than 5cm, as the thread helps to hold the skin together, lowers chances of bleeding and infection, and minimises scars.
WHAT HAPPENS IN A STITCHING PROCEDURE?
DO I NEED TO TAKE ANTIBIOTICS?
For high-risk (e.g. bite wounds, excessive contamination, immunocompromised state) lacerations with signs of infection, antibiotics may be given.
When there are no obvious dirt, infection, or bone or tendon complications, there is no need to take prophylactic antibiotics. Taking antibiotics for uncomplicated lacerations results in increased antimicrobial resistance, and exposure to side-effects, such as vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite and abdominal pain.
HOW DO I CARE FOR MY STITCHES?
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