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Minor scrapes and cuts are a common part of life. You can treat minor injuries at home with basic first aid and antibiotic ointments, but you should come to urgent care when a cut needs stitches or the injury needs extra help healing.
Yes! Unlike a scrape or abrasion where skin is missing, cuts and lacerations are both injuries where the tissue is separated—they’re the exact same thing.
You or your child needs medical attention if a scrape or laceration is:
Also call your doctor if:
Speeding up healing. Scrapes and lacerations will heal more quickly if you keep the wound clean and dressed. Skin tissue needs to be clean, moist and warm to heal as quickly as possible. This means keeping the scrape or cut covered with a clean dressing until the skin is pink and healing.