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Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: sean4891mcnatt
Date: June 15, 2012 11:52AM
Ok, so at work yesterday I was cutting plastic off some very small objects with my utility knife(I use my own because I can never find any the company provides). The knife jumped the knot on the package and slit my thumb open.
I did elevate it and apply pressure to try and stop bleeding, but did not work too well.
So I then washed it, put 2 gauze pads on it and wrapped it in a hurry with 6 bandages.
Then this morning, I think I may have aggrivated it by taking a shower(though I needed it). Should I see the Urgent Care, or should I keep attempting to fix it myself? If I fix it myself, any tops on what I can do? It is at least 1" long of a cut at minimum.
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Re: Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: hal
Date: June 15, 2012 11:58AM
Bleeding is a good thing - for a while at least...

and it's not too late, I'd go in

length doesn't matter - How deep is it?

edit: That's your first post?? Peculiar...



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Re: Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: davester
Date: June 15, 2012 12:01PM
That you're even asking this problem indicates that you need to go in ASAP.




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Re: Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: sean4891mcnatt
Date: June 15, 2012 12:01PM
Cant tell the depth. I havent taken the bandages from yesterday off yet. Im just afraid that if I do, the gauze pads may stick and reopen the cut and bleed all over again.
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Re: Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: Carnos Jax
Date: June 15, 2012 12:05PM
In these situations, the risk of tetanus becomes an issue, when was the last time you had a tetanus shot? I'd definitely go and seek professional medical help, don't risk a more serious infection. Welcome to the forum.



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Re: Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: hal
Date: June 15, 2012 12:36PM
I had a bizarre biology prof in college that once spent an entire lecture on tetanus and you DO NOT want it...

muscles flexing out of control... breaking bones... perfectly conscious.... no thank you...
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Re: Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: testcase
Date: June 15, 2012 12:40PM
I was told many years ago; no stitches after "X" number of hours ( sorry, I don't remember the exact time. Something in the 4~8 hour range).

Tetanus shot probably needed. A trip to Urgent Care would be prudent.
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Re: Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: June 15, 2012 12:41PM
.....see a doctor STAT....sounds like it might need stitches....but that is just a non 'Grey's Anatomy' opinion but if it is still bleeding a day later..........



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Re: Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: wowzer
Date: June 15, 2012 12:45PM
Generally speaking any open cut after 8 hours (24 hours for the face) should not be stitched close as infection rates climb. However, if vital structures (ligaments, muscles, vessels, nerves, etc) are exposed, then you have to do a loose closure (i.e. cover with skin, but do not approximate the edges completely). As was said, tetanus is a concern if the wound was deep. Punctures, on the other hand, generally should not be sutured as they are deeper than wider and will be more prone to infections.

As a general rule, if you can see fat within the cut, then it is deep enough to suture. If you do not suture a wound close, the healing times may be weeks and weeks instead of days to weeks.

Hope this helps...



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Re: Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: voodoopenguin
Date: June 15, 2012 12:50PM
This post is useless without pict.....

... actually forget that.

Paul

PS Register on a Mac forum and immediately post a question about a nasty cut. That does seem strange unless you registered a different name from your usual. So who is this masked poster?



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Re: Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: Black
Date: June 15, 2012 12:55PM
If you can do a walk-in to your regular doc that might be best.
I'd be worried about possible nerve/tendon damage as well.




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Re: Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: June 15, 2012 12:57PM
Of the OP did a google search and our bizarre forum was at the top of the list. Peter had a similar thread not long ago.



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Re: Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: Black
Date: June 15, 2012 12:59PM
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voodoopenguin
This post is useless without pict.....

... actually forget that.

Paul

PS Register on a Mac forum and immediately post a question about a nasty cut. That does seem strange unless you registered a different name from your usual. So who is this masked poster?

Just cross-reference the IP against the regulars...




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Re: Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: freeradical
Date: June 15, 2012 01:04PM
I recommend amputation.
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Re: Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: June 15, 2012 01:07PM
Disinfect, slap some alum (in your spice cabinet) on it, glue it shut, then schedule a tetanus booster and wound check at your doctors office, where they will scold you for doing it youself.

Of course, I'm NOT a doctor... and as I recall at least one of the people that has posted "go to the doctor" does work in the medical profession. Possibly two IIRC.



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Re: Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: space-time
Date: June 15, 2012 01:29PM
Just cross-reference the IP against the regulars...

how do you do that?
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Re: Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: space-time
Date: June 15, 2012 01:30PM
does it make a difference if it's the LEFT or the RIGHT Thumb?
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Re: Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: testcase
Date: June 15, 2012 02:08PM
I was told many years ago; no stitches after "X" number of hours ( sorry, I don't remember the exact time. Something in the 4~8 hour range).

Tetanus shot probably needed. A trip to Urgent Care would be prudent.
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Re: Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: June 15, 2012 02:27PM
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voodoopenguin
PS Register on a Mac forum and immediately post a question about a nasty cut. That does seem strange unless you registered a different name from your usual. So who is this masked poster?

I'm assuming that he found us via google. Further, i expect to see brand new users inquiring about expired food.



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Re: Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: voodoopenguin
Date: June 15, 2012 02:55PM
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mattkime
Further, i expect to see brand new users inquiring about expired food.

Most of my food is dead.

Paul



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Re: Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: June 15, 2012 04:04PM
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voodoopenguin
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mattkime
Further, i expect to see brand new users inquiring about expired food.

Most of my food is dead.

Paul

Only MOST? Let me guess, you've tried Gagh (Klingon delicacy...)?



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Re: Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: davester
Date: June 15, 2012 04:12PM
I'm reasonably sure that much of Paul F's food is seething with life.




"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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Re: Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: June 15, 2012 04:14PM
Yours is too.. you just don't like to admit it! grinning smiley

Wait, weren't we talking about someones thumb, here?






(And for the record, that's NOT on my menu...)



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Persistence is necessary for Excellence. And Persistence is a Decision.

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Re: Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: MartyStickle
Date: June 15, 2012 04:31PM
Where's the Meh girl when we need her?
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Re: Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: June 15, 2012 05:34PM
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MartyStickle
Where's the Meh girl when we need her?

she cut her thumb



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Re: Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: June 15, 2012 06:07PM
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MartyStickle
Where's the Meh girl when we need her?



She was busy preserving the sexy.

But seriously ... yes, it was me who had the sliced thumb in a previous post (which the OP might have found by Googling). In retrospect, I wish I had done something soon enough to avoid or at least minimize the scar.




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Re: Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: June 15, 2012 06:10PM
You still going on about that? Dude, in a year, you won't even be able to see it!
And chicks dig scars anyway... as long as you make up something cool about how you got it.



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Persistence is necessary for Excellence. And Persistence is a Decision.

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Re: Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: June 15, 2012 07:21PM
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Paul F.
You still going on about that? Dude, in a year, you won't even be able to see it!
And chicks dig scars anyway... as long as you make up something cool about how you got it.

No disrespect Paul, but I still have scars from things in college that I stupidly did, for which I wished I had attended to the cuts properly and promptly, otherwise I might not have the scars.




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Re: Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: adamant
Date: June 15, 2012 07:23PM
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PeterB
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Paul F.
You still going on about that? Dude, in a year, you won't even be able to see it!
And chicks dig scars anyway... as long as you make up something cool about how you got it.

No disrespect Paul, but I still have scars from things in college that I stupidly did, for which I wished I had attended to the cuts properly and promptly, otherwise I might not have the scars.

Are you a hand model?
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Re: Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: June 15, 2012 07:38PM
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adamant
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PeterB
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Paul F.
You still going on about that? Dude, in a year, you won't even be able to see it!
And chicks dig scars anyway... as long as you make up something cool about how you got it.

No disrespect Paul, but I still have scars from things in college that I stupidly did, for which I wished I had attended to the cuts properly and promptly, otherwise I might not have the scars.

Are you a hand model?

No, I just play one on TV. grinning smiley




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Re: Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: June 15, 2012 08:43PM
No disrespect taken... And none in return, but you must scar more easily than anyone i've ever met...
Have you considered marrying above your station and taking up a life of luxury where injuries are much rarer? grinning smiley



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Persistence is necessary for Excellence. And Persistence is a Decision.

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Re: Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: June 15, 2012 08:55PM
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Paul F.
No disrespect taken... And none in return, but you must scar more easily than anyone i've ever met...
Have you considered marrying above your station and taking up a life of luxury where injuries are much rarer? grinning smiley

It's not so much that I scar easily, as that my skin is fair enough that the scars show up more obviously. (I now have what appear to be permanent scars on both lower calves from mosquito bites...) And yeah, maybe I do have unusually sensitive skin, because it's also a problem for shaving, etc. ... I find that I cut pretty easily, have lots of allergies, etc.




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Re: Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: davester
Date: June 15, 2012 10:47PM
I'm not so sure of the "chicks dig scars" thing. I created some epic scars (primarily on my forehead) during high school and the "chicks" mostly said "eeewwwww!!!!".




"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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Re: Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: June 16, 2012 12:02AM
Dude, that's high school.... They'll drop their panties for some jock on a last place team, and you could take a bullet for the president and they'd say "OMG, eeeww your shirts all dirty!"



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A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca c. 5 BC - 65 AD
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Good is the enemy of Excellent. Talent is not necessary for Excellence.
Persistence is necessary for Excellence. And Persistence is a Decision.

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Re: Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: Black
Date: June 16, 2012 04:21AM
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davester
I'm not so sure of the "chicks dig scars" thing. I created some epic scars (primarily on my forehead) during high school and the "chicks" mostly said "eeewwwww!!!!".

Just a tiny shift into the bizarre and this would have been a perfect Jack D post.




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Re: Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: hal
Date: June 16, 2012 12:31PM
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PeterB
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Paul F.
No disrespect taken... And none in return, but you must scar more easily than anyone i've ever met...
Have you considered marrying above your station and taking up a life of luxury where injuries are much rarer? grinning smiley

It's not so much that I scar easily, as that my skin is fair enough that the scars show up more obviously. (I now have what appear to be permanent scars on both lower calves from mosquito bites...) And yeah, maybe I do have unusually sensitive skin, because it's also a problem for shaving, etc. ... I find that I cut pretty easily, have lots of allergies, etc.

Honestly, I think vanity is the issue. As long as it's not my face, minor scars do not concern me in the least. I don't think I've ever looked at the back of my calves...
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Re: Deep Left thumb Cut-- stitched, glue, or too late?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: June 16, 2012 03:12PM
hal, it's not so much vanity as it being hard not to be self-conscious of the scars, etc. And it's true that what bothers one person might not bother another.




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