How should I treat a cut on the face?

Direct pressure should be applied to stop the bleeding, and then it should be cleaned and covered. The individual should be referred to a doctor, who will inspect the cuts and determine if the person needs stitches. Facial cuts may also require antibiotics or a tetanus shot to prevent infections.

(This answer provided for NATA by the Georgia College & State University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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