How Do I Know if My Cut Needs Stitches?

Do All Cuts Need Stitches? While not all cuts needs stitches, most of them, if deep, need to at least be seen by a physician to ensure stitches or other medical treatment methods are not needed in order to care for the injury.

Wounds That Need to Be Seen by a Doctor

  • Wounds that gape open
  • Deep wounds that go to the bone
  • Wounds on the face
  • Deep wounds over a joint
  • Wounds that continue to bleed even after direct pressure for 15 minutes

What Do I Do if I Do Need Stitches?

If your wound does call for stitches, you want to make sure you keep the area dry for at least 24 to 48 hours after being stitched up. Then, after that time, you can gently wash the area one to two times a day, while dabbing dry with a clean paper towel.

How to Care for Stitches

  • Don’t use hydrogen peroxide or alcohol, which slow healing.
  • Cover wound with petroleum jelly and a nonstick bandage.
  • After cleansing, repeat process with jelly and bandage.
Does your wound need a stitch? Visit AFC Urgent Care Farragut for a medical evaluation to ensure your wound is properly cared for.]]>


3700 Cahaba Beach Road Birmingham, AL 35242

Our Mission and Values:

Our mission is to provide the best healthcare possible in a kind and caring environment, in an economical manner, while respecting the rights of all of our patients, at times and locations convenient to the patient.

Scroll to Top