While minor wounds and scrapes are naturally a part of life, some wounds require extra attention if they are more serious or have a high risk for infection. At iCare ER & Urgent Care, we can treat your wound, whether mild or severe in either Frisco or South Fort Worth, TX. In order to support fast healing with minimal scarring and to prevent the risk of infection, medical attention should be sought for deep wounds. After hours, our ER is open to help patients with injuries and open wounds. We also have urgent care staff during the day between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Serious wounds will be treated in our ER to ensure the safety of the patient.
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Animal | Human Bites
If an animal or human bite occurs, it can be hard to know if medical care is required for minor wounds. Often, the injury happens quickly and unexpectedly, so it is important that you know where to go when emergency services are required. At iCare ER and Urgent Care, our emergency room is open 24/7, providing the immediate access you need when an accident occurs.
Why Medical Care is Recommended
Unlike other scratches and bruises, it is recommended to seek medical care if a bite occurs. If these wounds are not treated immediately, then they can lead to serious infection. In some cases, an animal bite can be fatal due to rabies or venom. If you or a loved one has suffered from a bite, then the best thing you can do is seek medical attention as soon as possible. Both domestic and wild animals can bite if the animal is feeling threatened. Children have the highest risk of animal bites, especially from domestic pets.
Here are some of the reasons why medical treatment might be needed for a bite:
- Infection: When the skin is punctured, there is a high risk of bacteria entering the wound. This exposure can lead to infection, especially when the bite is on a hand or near a joint. Antibiotics might be needed to stop the infection from spreading to other parts of the body. Additionally, managing the infection with antibiotics helps to speed up recovery and improve the overall healing of the bite wound.
- Viral Spread: Most bite infections are caused by bacteria, which means that antibiotics can be used as mentioned above. There are times when viral infections are spread through bites, but these infections don’t respond to antibiotic medications. Your doctor can determine the proper treatment if needed.
- Underlying Damage: Any type of animal bite can cause serious damage to the tissue. If the structure of the joint is affected or the underlying tissue has been damaged, then specialized care might be necessary to avoid long-term complications.
- Tetanus or Rabies: There is a potential of exposure to rabies and tetanus. It is important to check your immunization records to determine if you are up-to-date on these shots. You might need a booster shot or follow-up treatments as recommended by the doctor.
- Venom: If the bite is caused by a snake or spider, then it is possible that venom was introduced into the body. Emergency treatment should be provided immediately. The ER staff will ask descriptive questions about the type of snake. Provide as much information as possible to help with the treatment.
- Stitches: Depending on the size of the wound, stitches might be required to close up the skin. Stitches are important to promote proper healing and minimize the risk of infection development.
The most common cause of human bites is when a child bites another child. But there are times when adult human bite wounds need to be treated as well. Bites inflicted by a child tend to be minor or moderate because they aren’t as forceful as an adult bite. As a result, the wound usually isn’t very deep and there is a lower risk of infection and damage to the underlying tissue. There is a high risk of infection from a human bite, including the transmission of disease. Additionally, a deep bite can damage joints, tendons, ligaments, nerves, or bones. It is essential to talk to a doctor as soon as possible so medical tests can be performed. Our experienced team can use tissue cultures, blood tests, and x-rays to determine the extent of the damage.
Lascerations | Stitches
Most of the time, small lacerations and cuts can be treated at home with basic first-aid supplies. But there are instances when at-home treatment isn’t sufficient to stop the bleeding or prevent unsightly scars. How do you know when a cut needs medical treatment? Here are a few things to consider when deciding whether you should visit the emergency room:
Cuts vs. Lacerations
Even though the words “cut” and “laceration” are often used as synonyms, there are distinct differences in the type of wound. Cuts usually occur when sharp objects come in contact with the skin, such as shards of glass or a knife. On the other hand, laceration is the term used when the wound is jagged because the skin was torn. Lacerations can be caused by sharp objects as well, but the edges aren’t as clean as a cut. Small lacerations and cuts usually don’t require emergency services. But if you don’t access medical treatment when needed, then the wound might become infected, or it might not heal on its own. If you have a small laceration or cut, then you should use cold water and soap to clean the wound. Pressure can be applied to stop the bleeding. Then, apply an antibiotic ointment and cover the wound with a bandage to prevent infection.
Why Stitches for Lacerations?
Visiting an ER for a cut or laceration will help you determine whether stitches are needed to keep the wound closed. Depending on the injury, stitches can be placed using materials that will dissolve with time. Or, if removable stitches are used, you will need to come back to the urgent care to have the stitches removed at the appropriate time. Stitches are beneficial for keeping the skin pulled together. This medical treatment reduces the risk of infection, accelerates healing, and minimizes scarring. Other medical services might be required as well, such as treatment to stop the bleeding or the repair of underlying tissue damage. It is important to know when you received your last tetanus vaccination to determine if a tetanus shot is needed.
Where to Go for Stitches Removal
Removing stitches doesn’t have to be an interruption to your day. One of the easiest and fastest ways to remove the stitches is by visiting an urgent care. Keep in mind that certain treatments might require consultation with your surgeon before the stitches are removed, such as stitches from plastic surgery.
This treatment is a quick, simple process of pulling the stitches. Additionally, the doctor or nurse has an opportunity to inspect the wound and look for signs of infection or other complications that might require medical care. Having a trained medical professional remove your stitches is important to reduce scarring and avoid problems.
Seeking Medical Care
While some wounds can be treated at home with a little extra care, more serious wounds should be treated by medical professionals Gaping wounds deeper than 1 inch and wounds that do not stop bleeding after you’ve applied pressure and elevated them for 10 – 15 minutes are usually serious enough to necessitate a trip to the ER. Bite wounds, both from humans or animals, should be treated as especially serious, including painful insect bites. Additionally, wounds caused by rusty nails, glass or wood splinters, or wounds that are showing early signs of infection should be seen by our medical practitioners.
If your wound begins to develop an infection, it is important to recognize the symptoms so they can be treated as early as possible. If redness begins to spread out from the wound, or if it begins to swell and increase in tenderness, or if you see green or yellow pus, you should seek medical attention immediately. Other signs include swollen lymph nodes, body aches, chills, or fever.
What to Expect
When you come to the iCare with a wound injury, our highly trained staff will perform a physical exam to assess the seriousness of your wound. Depending on how large, deep, or infected it is, our team will treat you in the appropriate setting. After a medical history review and exam, our qualified doctor and nurses will clean and treat your wound, usually with stitches or antibiotic ointments. They will then dress or bandage your wound.
After your wound is treated at iCare, the practitioner will leave you with specific instructions for caring for your wound after your visit. However, as a general guide, it is best to keep all wounds clean in order to prevent infection. Wash your wound with clean water and a mild soap per your doctor’s instructions. If provided with an antibiotic cream, apply a thin layer before dressing it. Dress or bandage your wound loosely so that blood flow is not restricted, and be sure to change the dressing daily so that an infection does not begin to grow. Refrain from scratching any itchy scabs so that they can heal properly.
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Wound care with TLC
Our staff is highly trained to treat wounds of all levels of severity, and the iCare in both Frisco and South Fort Worth are equipped with the tools and technology to ensure your treatment goes smoothly. If you think your wound may be serious enough for medical attention, come to iCare so that our qualified staff can take care of you.
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