What Are Skin and Wound Injuries?
Some skin injuries and wounds can be treated at home; however, if your condition doesn't seem to be improving or if you suspect you might have an infection, you may want to seek out a professional medical opinion. A skin injury, rash, reaction to a spider bite, or a wound injury, like a cut or scrape, can be treated at MedNorth Urgent Care. Drs. Shane Hill and Scott Rundle and their team are here to help your entire family with a variety of skin injuries and wounds. Visit our Kalispell, MT clinic today.
How are Skin and Wound Injuries Treated?
When you visit our Kalispell, MT clinic seeking out treatment for your skin or wound injury, we'll start by taking a close look at your injury. We will ask you about your injury and other symptoms you may have. This will help give us a better understanding of your injury. We may perform some other tests utilizing our on-site laboratory to check for signs of infection. From there, we'll create a treatment plan to help your injury heal, as well as create a plan to manage any pain or discomfort you're experiencing. This could involve cleaning and stitching the injury. In some cases, we may also prescribe an antibiotic. Depending on your injury, we may ask you to follow up so we can ensure you're healing properly.
Skin And Wound Injuries FAQ
What are the most common skin and wound injuries?
A skin or wound injury includes a wide variety of injuries and conditions affecting the skin. These often include scrapes, cuts, punctures, rashes, burns, insect bites, and more.
When should I see a doctor for a skin or wound injury?
Many skin wounds and injuries can be effectively treated at home. However, if a wound won't stop bleeding, becomes infected (red, hot, swollen, and sore to the touch), or has symptoms that don't improve over a few days or worsen, it may be recommended that you schedule a doctor visit. Don't wait until a minor issue becomes a major medical problem. Schedule an appointment at MedNorth Kalispell Urgent Care Clinic.
How can I treat a skin wound or injury at home?
One of the most important issues to address for common skin wounds and injuries is preventing infection. The best ways to care for a skin wound or injury at home often include:
- Wash your hands before touching a wound or injury
- Clean the injury thoroughly with a mild antiseptic soap
- For cuts: apply pressure with a clean towel or paper towel to stop the bleeding
- Apply an antibiotic cream or ointment
- Cover the wound with a bandage or dressing
- Monitor the wound for signs of infection (redness, swelling, heat, pain/soreness)
Soothe Your Skin and Heal Your Wounds
If you have a skin injury or wound, your best bet is to have it checked out, especially if it's causing you pain, showing signs of infection, or if you're having an allergic reaction. Dr. Shane Hill, Dr. Scott Rundle, and our medical staff are here to diagnose and treat rashes, insect or animal bites, cuts, lacerations, and more. To promote healthy healing of your injury or wound, visit MedNorth Urgent Care in Kalispell, MT today.