Minor cuts on the head often bleed heavily because the face and
scalp have many blood vessels close to the surface of the skin. Although this
amount of bleeding may be alarming, many times the injury is not severe and the
bleeding will stop with treatment you can do at home. But it is important to
know the difference between wounds you can treat at home and head wounds that
need emergency treatment.
If a cut
from a head injury is deep enough to have penetrated the skull, emergency
treatment is needed. Call 911 or other emergency services immediately. Do not apply pressure
April 5, 2012
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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