Non-Emergency Wound Care in Magnolia & Vintage Park, TX
A wound is a break in the protective barrier of the skin, such as a scratch, scrape, cut, laceration, or puncture. These injuries can vary in severity, but treatment is important for any type of wound. Proper care can help prevent infection and other complications, and also promote healing and reduce scarring.
Deep puncture wounds and lacerations that are bleeding uncontrollably are serious injuries that require immediate medical attention at the nearest hospital emergency room. At the other end of the spectrum, superficial wounds can usually be treated at home. For anything in between, Medella Urgent Care offers non-emergency wound care at our walk-in clinics in Magnolia and Vintage Park, Texas.
Professional Care for a Non-Emergency Wound
After cleansing and evaluating your injury, a medical professional at Medella Urgent Care will provide fast and effective wound care, which may involve suturing (stitches). After numbing your skin in the affected area, the provider will carefully thread one or more stitches from one side of the wound to the other to keep it closed as it heals. Another option is a tissue adhesive, which we may use in place of stitches to fuse the edges of the wound together. Depending on the nature of your wound and your vaccination status, we may recommend that you receive a tetanus booster as well.
Home Care for a Superficial Wound
You can treat a minor cut, scrape, or scratch at home. Here’s how:
- Wash the wound with antibacterial soap and warm water.
- Pat the skin dry with a clean, soft cloth.
- Apply direct pressure to stop any minor bleeding, if necessary.
- Dab on a thin layer of antibiotic cream or petroleum jelly to help keep the wound moist.
- Cover the wound with a protective bandage to help prevent infection.
As the wound heals, it’s important to be watchful for signs of infection, such as skin redness, warmth, swelling, pain, or drainage. If the wound appears to be infected, you should seek medical attention at Medella Urgent Care right away.
The experienced and compassionate team at Medella Urgent Care is available every day to provide non-emergency wound care. You are welcome to visit our walk-in clinic any time you need urgent care for a non-life-threatening health issue.