Cuts are wounds where the skin is lacerated or torn. Learn more about treating cuts and wound care at home.

Wound Care: How To Treat Small Cuts at Home

  • Clean the cut by rinsing it under cold running tap water on the open wound.
  • Use sterile gauze swabs to clean the open wound with an antiseptic solution.
  • Swipe gently outward from the open wound area, using a new swab for each swipe.
  • With the corner of the swab, gently lift any foreign material out from the open wound area.
  • Carefully pat the area dry with a clean gauze swab.
  • Apply a plaster or bandage on the open wound.

When You Have a Cut, See Your General Practitioner (GP) If:

  • There are sand particles or wood splinters in the cut.
  • The wound is caused by a bite from an animal or a rusty object.
  • You develop an infection, e.g., you also develop a fever, persistent redness and pain, swelling.

When You Have a Cut, Visit the Urgent Care Centre (UCC) If:

  • You develop a worsening infection with pus forming in the open wound.
  • You have a deep cut, and the bleeding does not stop.

You can visit the UCC for conditions that require urgent attention but are not life-threatening. For example, you can get a stitch for deep cuts at the UCC instead of heading to the Emergency Department of a hospital directly.

To check the services offered at each UCC, please check with the healthcare providers directly.

Go to the Emergency Department (ED) If Your Limb or Life Is At Risk:

  • The cut is very deep, and the bleeding is severe.

This article is contributed by Woodlands Health Campus and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.

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