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This site is a useful resource: Caring for self harm wounds

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When to seek Medical Advice

  • The blood is pumping. (APPLY PRESSURE! and call an ambulance.)
  • The bleeding does not stop after 10 minutes of applying pressure. 
  • The cut is very large or very deep, or may require stitches. 
  • There is a chance that nerves or tendons have been affected.  
  • The injury is on a joint – this can cause long-term movement difficulties.  
  • Something is stuck inside in the wound.  
  • The cut involves the mouth, face, hand or genitals. 
  • The cut does not heal properly. 
  • The cut shows signs of infection (it is red, sore, or painful, hard or has pus oozing out) 
  • You go into shock.
You may need stitches if;
  1. The cut will not stop bleeding.  
  2. The cut is more than ¼ of an inch or 1 cm long.  
  3. The cut is gaping (i.e. the edges don’t stay together and you can see tissue or fat).  

 

In my opinion, the basic premise underlying all of this is: if you're in doubt about how to care for your SI wound, seek help.

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39 minutes ago, MiaB said:

This site is a useful resource: Caring for self harm wounds

An extract dealing with your specific question:

In my opinion, the basic premise underlying all of this is: if you're in doubt about how to care for your SI wound, seek help.

FOLLOW UP QUESTION- how long after you make the wound can you get stitches?

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There doesn't seem to be clear consensus about when the maximum period is. It depends on the location and depth, likelihood of infection, etc. Eyes on by a medical professional would be the determining factor.

 

 

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9 hours ago, vfifii said:

FOLLOW UP QUESTION- how long after you make the wound can you get stitches?

In my experience, if you're asking this question the goal is to get in to see a doctor ASAP. Even if it's too late for stitches by that doctor's opinion, your wondering this means the wound is bad enough to warrant getting medical care. 

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