When You Should See a Healthcare Provider for a Cut

Signs of Infection

If you elect not to see a healthcare provider, be sure to clean the wound thoroughly at home. Sometimes, even if you didn’t need to seek medical help immediately after your injury, you may still need a healthcare provider’s care.

For example, if you experience any of the following after a few days of home treatment, you should contact a healthcare provider:

  • Swelling, pain, or redness around the wound
  • Red streaks visible near the injury, pointing toward the heart
  • Pus discharging from the wound or visible in it
  • Numbness in the area around the injury
  • Having a temperature over 100 F

If you notice any of these symptoms, but can’t schedule a healthcare provider’s appointment that day, you should go to the emergency room.

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