Minor skin wounds often occur due to unexpected trauma and may include lacerations, minor cuts, abrasions, blisters and puncture wounds. It is important to treat the cut immediately in order to avoid infection. Rosamond Urgent Care offers first care treatment for minor lacerations for patients in Southern Kern County, including Rosamond, Edwards, Mojave, Ridgecrest and California City.

Types of Wounds

A laceration is a wound with an irregular shape. The skin surrounding a laceration often has ragged edges and there’s usually bruising and deeper skin damage. On the other hand, a cut typically has clean edges as a result of the cause of injury, such as a sharp object or knife laceration. If deep, lacerations and cuts on skin can bleed profusely and muscle and nerve damage can occur. This type of laceration can cause damage to underlying tissues and blood vessels which can lead to significant blood loss.

Abrasions or grazes are more superficial and happen when the top layer of skin is removed after sliding across a rough surface. These types of injuries commonly contain gravel and dirt. 

Blisters are caused by friction between the top two layers of the skin, which can be really painful. It can take a few weeks for a blister to properly heal. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association avoid popping or draining as this could lead to infection. Instead, loosely cover the blister with a bandage. Bring in the sides of the bandage so that the middle of the bandage is a little raised.

Puncture wounds are caused by a pointed object like a nail or knife, and don’t usually cause too much bleeding. These wounds often seem to close almost instantly, but this doesn’t mean treatment is not needed. A puncture wound, such as stepping on a nail, can be dangerous because of the risk of infection.


Infection is one of the biggest risks of minor wounds and requires medical treatment to avoid. “Dirty wounds” from cuts and lacerations often contain bacteria, dirt or debris from the cause of the injury. These wounds should be cleaned and have any foreign materials that remain in the wound removed before being dressed. 

Scrub the wound with soap and water and make sure there are no foreign objects in the affected area or open wound. If you have not received a tetanus shot within five years, your doctor may recommend a booster within 48 hours of the injury.

A severe cut can be a traumatic experience that requires immediate medical attention and medical care, in which case 9-1-1 should be called and you should go to the emergency room.

Urgent Care for Cuts

An urgent care can be a great place to accurately diagnose your cut and learn about the best way to treat your injury, which includes providing emergency medicine, if needed. If the injury is minor, then you may have concrete instructions on how to start feeling better, sooner. 

If the problem is worse, a trip to urgent care can help with the pain and get your injury in front of the right specialist. Cuts and scrapes are common with children, but it’s best to visit an urgent care center to avoid further issues with the cuts such as an infection.

Contact Us Now

Rosamond Urgent Care, located in Rosamond, California, is open seven days a week with convenient daytime and evening hours for patients needing urgent care treatment. Rosamond Urgent Care’s team of medical professionals are here to help with your painful cut. Call us today at 661-256-6365 or request a reservation online.