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A to Z: Open Wound, Head

May also be called: Cut

An open wound of the head is a cut or break in the skin. The wound may be minor and near the surface of the scalp. Or it can be serious and deeper, affecting nerves, blood vessels, the brain, or bone.

More to Know

The head has many blood vessels, so even minor wounds can look scary and bleed a lot.

Seek immediate medical attention if a wound is more than an inch long or appears to be deep. Doctors may need to close the wound with staples or stitches.

Keep in Mind

Deep, large, and dirty wounds need more care. (A "dirty" wound is one that germs have gotten into.) After a wound is treated and bandaged, 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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