Do you need professional laceration treatment in Lombard, Illinois, or a nearby area? Turn to Jovive Health. We’re pleased to offer a wide range of urgent care services to members of this community, including wound care.
How Long Does It Take for a Cut to Heal?
The healing timeline for a cut will depend on numerous factors, including the severity of the injury and whether the laceration becomes infected. Another factor to consider is the person’s overall health. Certain conditions—such as diabetes and high blood pressure—can slow the healing process, as can being at an advanced age, taking certain medications, and undergoing chemotherapy.
With that said, a minor cut that’s properly cleaned and treated will likely heal within about two weeks. More severe cuts may take several weeks or even months to fully heal. To support wound healing, you should consider eating a diet rich in carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins A and C, and zinc.
How to Treat an Infected Cut
Are you worried that your cut may have become infected? If the infection is still in its early stages—for example, if the cut’s edges have just begun to turn red—then you may be able to effectively treat it at home. Start by washing the cut with soap and water, removing any visible debris, and applying an antiseptic solution like hydrogen peroxide (but only on the first day). Then, dry the cut, apply an antibiotic ointment, and cover it with a bandage.
If you notice any of the following signs of infection, it’s important that you promptly seek medical attention to avoid complications like cellulitis and sepsis:
- Oozing pus
- Red streaks spreading away from the cut
- A fever
- A general feeling of being unwell (malaise)
Don’t Delay Seeking Laceration Treatment
Visit Jovive Health’s Lombard, IL, clinic today for professional wound care. We’re open seven days a week and offer extended hours for your convenience. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can opt to book a same-day reservation. And if you don’t currently have a primary care provider, be sure to ask about our PCP services.