May also be called: Cut
An open wound of the face means a cut or break in the skin on the face. The wound might be minor and near the surface of the skin. Or it can be more serious, affecting deeper tissues of the face, such as cartilage, nerves, blood vessels, or bone.
A wound on the face or neck requires medical attention. Doctors may try to close the wound with stitches, tape, or an adhesive glue.
Deep, large, and dirty wounds need more care. (A "dirty" wound means a cut that germs have gotten into.) After a child receives medical attention for a face wound, follow instructions carefully to prevent infection and minimize scarring.
All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.
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