Doctor's Orders

What is the Difference between a Cut and a Scratch?

 

A cut or laceration penetrates the skin, which is about 1/8 inch (3 mm) thick. Cuts that gape with or without movement may need closure to prevent scarring.

 

A scratch or scrape does not break all the way through the top layer of the skin. Following these guidelines if your child has a scratch:

 

  • Scratches and scrapes don’t need stitches or skin glue, no matter how long they are.
  • They generally only need to be cleaned well two or three times a day, covered with antibiotic ointment and kept bandaged until they are dry and closed.
  • We no longer recommend letting wounds dry in the air, as studies show that keeping a moist environment at the site of the cut enhances healing.

 

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“My daughter and I visited the Orchard Park Road location of Immediate Care on Saturday evening.  I don’t know if I will receive a questionnaire to tell you this, but we had a really great experience at this facility.  This location is so well run!  We were greeted at the door by a very cheerful person (so sorry I do not remember her name).  She gave us all of the information we needed and set expectations to what our wait time might be so that we had enough time to fill out our paperwork in the car. 

Our nurse, Michelle, kept in contact with us to let us know when we would be allowed to enter the building for our tests.  Michelle was very thorough in her questions.  She took our vitals, and the test was administered quickly, and as painlessly as humanly possible.  Our doctor, Katie, arrived several minutes later to ensure we understood everything about the testing procedures.  In such a stressful time, everyone at this facility was patient, pleasant and very thorough.

Our wait time to enter the building was just over an hour, as expected.  Given the numbers in Erie County, it could have been so much longer.  Please thank your team for making this process so easy and efficient.  These are difficult times.  We could all use more compliments and fewer complaints.”

November 16, 2020