It is important to determine whether your wound needs to be
closed by a doctor. Your risk of infection increases the longer the wound
remains open. Most wounds that require closure should be stitched or closed
with skin adhesives (also called liquid stitches) within 6 to 8 hours after the
injury. Some wounds that require treatment can be closed as long as 24 hours
after the injury.
A cut or puncture inside your mouth may need
stitches if it:
Even a small cut on the lip may be stitched to prevent a
If treatment may be needed, do not use an antiseptic or
antibiotic ointment until after a doctor has examined the wound.
July 20, 2012
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& David Messenger, MD
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