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Q. Do I need to get stitches for broken glass injury?

Answered by
Dr. Sumit Srivastava
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 28, 2016 and last reviewed on: Oct 07, 2020

Hi doctor,

Last night, I accidentally cut my thumb on a bit of broken glass from a photo frame. It looks fairly deep. I think I could see my bone. As I could not go to hospital yesterday night, I have covered it with plasters. Do I need to get stitches?

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Hi,

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  • Yes, the cut wound is deep enough (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and  you will need stitches.
  • Meanwhile, you need to keep the affected area clean and dry.
  • Wash with lukewarm water and apply a topical antibiotic cream like Neosporin (Bacitracin, Neomycin and Polymyxin-B) or Mupirocin over the affected area. Consult a doctor, discuss with him or her and take the treatment with consent.
  • I suggest oral antibiotics to prevent infection in the wound like Zifi 200 (Cefixime) and some oral painkillers like Ibuprofen or Paracetamol to reduce the inflammation and pain.

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