Cuts & Lacerations

Treating Cuts and Lacerations in Texas

We all get small cuts and lacerations from time to time. Whether it’s a tiny paper cut, or you slice your hand while cooking, it’s easy to acquire minor injuries that merely needs a bandage. But what happens when your cut or laceration requires more extensive treatment? That’s where Exceptional Emergency Center comes in. We offer 24/7 emergency room services, so you can come in whenever you have a cut or laceration that won’t stop bleeding or is particularly painful. Our team is always ready to help you get back on your feet, and we’re experts in a wide variety of treatment methods for cuts and lacerations. Don’t wait until the problem worsens, visit one of our offices in Texas right away!

Is There a Difference Between a Cut and Laceration?

The terms “cut” and “laceration” are quite vague. They’re often used to describe a wide range of injuries with varying degrees of severity. However, we do make some distinctions between the two terms. Typically, we’ll use the word “cut” to refer to an injury that involves the separation of tissue but no missing skin. This is different from an abrasion, which does result in skin being scraped off. Lacerations, on the other hand, usually suggest that the injury is jagged or torn. While cut and laceration are close synonyms, they often imply different types of wounds. Other terms such as gash, stab, tear, and lesion might also be used to describe such an injury. 

Do I Have a Skin Laceration?

Deep lacerations and cuts are usually easy to identify. In most cases, you’ll know the cause of the laceration, but in other instances, you may need to recognize some signs of a severe laceration. Deep cuts are often associated with lots of bleeding that doesn’t cease for an extended period of time. Skin lacerations may also be accompanied by numbness below the wound.

When to Seek Help for Cuts and Lacerations

Although we’ve all had minor cuts and bruises, you may not know where the line is between a small injury and a severe laceration. At Exceptional Emergency Center, we understand you don’t want to trek to one of our Texas locations if medical treatment isn’t necessary. We get it! However, it’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to laceration injuries. If your cut or laceration shows any of the following characteristics, visit or call Exceptional Emergency Center right away:

  • Heavy bleeding that won’t stop after applying pressure
  • The edges of the injury are separated
  • Damage to tendons, nerves, or another underlying body part is possible
  • You haven’t had a tetanus shot
  • You take blood thinners

Treating Major and Minor Cuts and Lacerations

Laceration treatment varies greatly depending on the deepness and severity of the wound. Minor lacerations may only require antibiotic ointments or over-the-counter pain medications. Our team of doctors often recommends icing and elevating the injury as treatment as well. However, more severe cuts call for more extensive solutions. Deep laceration treatment might include stitches, staples, or skin glue to close the injury. The most serious lacerations may even need surgery to adequately repair the skin around the injury and close the wound. No matter the extent of your cut or laceration, our 24-hour team will work quickly to get you the care and treatment you need and deserve.

Visit Exceptional Emergency Center for Laceration Treatment

Even the smallest cuts are a nuisance, but significant lacerations pose a severe health risk. When you have a deep laceration injury, you need quality treatment before your situation has a chance to become more severe. Exceptional Emergency Center strives to be Texas’ go-to provider for emergency services, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. We have offices in Fort Worth, Livingston, Brownsville, Sachse, Harlingen, Port Arthur, Beaumont, Amarillo, Orange, and Lubbock, so we can service a wide segment of people. It’s never a good idea to wait for laceration treatment, especially when you’re experiencing major pain or bleeding. Don’t put off a visit to the emergency room; stop in as soon as possible for premier treatment. Contact the Exceptional Emergency Center team today for more information. 

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COVID-19 TESTING UPDATE:

The Exceptional Emergency Room staff and physicians care about you and your loved ones. We are here 24/7 for all your emergency care needs.

  1. If you are experiencing fever, shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, weakness, numbness, sensory loss, or any other emergent medical problems, please call 911 or seek medical care immediately at your nearest Emergency Room.
  2. To provide the highest quality emergency medical care to our communities, we are directing all routine COVID testing to outpatient community resources.
  3. Testing through local resources, including your primary care doctor, urgent care, walk-in clinic, or local health department, is appropriate under the following circumstances:
    1. If you have been exposed to a person known to have COVID, and you do not have symptoms, we recommend that you self-quarantine at home and seek testing 4-5 days after exposure. It often takes this long for the infection to be detected by routine lab testing.
    2. If you have no symptoms or very mild symptoms, outpatient testing is also typically appropriate.
    3. Please follow this link for local COVID testing resources.
  4. If you have tested negative, you should still self-quarantine for 14 days from the day of suspected exposure as it can take anywhere from 2-14 days to come down with symptoms of this infection.
  5. Please kindly limit your phone time with our Emergency Rooms as the phone lines are needed to communicate with other health care entities and to provide patients their test results. Thank you for your understanding during this trying time.