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What do I do when I think I've cut too deep?

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Last Updated: 02/19/2019 at 10:07pm
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December 18th, 2015 12:48am
You should stop cutting immediately. If you are bleeding uncontrollably, call 911 for medical help. Put antibiotic ointment over the cuts and wrap them up with an Ace bandage, or cover them with a Band-Aid. Contact a hotline for assistance with your depression, or come on to 7 Cups, where listeners are here to help you. Stay strong!
December 18th, 2015 6:25pm
You have to disinfect the scar and put a cloth your something like that around the place where you cut . Put it tightly.
December 19th, 2015 9:10am
If your afraid you cut too deep cover it with a clean cloth to put pressure on it and PLEASE go seek a doctors help just in case.
December 24th, 2015 8:48am
Tell an adult. From their you can you should you clean it out with water and put a band aid on it to protect it from infection. || STAY STRONG
December 24th, 2015 2:49pm
Immediatly let someone know. Call 911, or inform anyone you trust in the near vicinity. You can try to treat it yourself, but don't be hesitant to call in outside help.
December 24th, 2015 10:08pm
When you think you've cut too deep tell somebody or seek help. If the bleeding doesn't stop it is possible you could bleed out. Also call a self harm: 1-800-784-8433 or suicide hotline:1-800-366-8288 .
December 25th, 2015 6:59am
Even though it may be hard, you will have to express your concern with someone so that you don't lose your life!
December 26th, 2015 7:08am
While scary, the best thing to do when you cut too deep is to seek emergency attention in order to prevent serious problems such as infection.
December 27th, 2015 4:14pm
go to the hospital, to prevent infection and get the cut dealt with, apply pressure to lessen blood loss, dont be embarrassed about going to the hospital they will have seen it all before, hundreds of times.
December 28th, 2015 12:07am
tell somebody immediately. stop cutting in the first place. u deserve to live. we have a suicide hotline feel free to use it.
December 29th, 2015 7:21pm
Clean the wound and then You should contact, a suicide or self harm helpline or contact a mental health professional
December 30th, 2015 12:38am
You tell someone right away. Cutting in itself is bad for you and can lead to permanent damage but if you think that you have cut too deep call an an turbulence or tell a parent as soon as possible.
December 30th, 2015 1:08am
If you've cut too deep make sure you call an ambulance straight away and tell someone what is going on so you can get help in order to stop
December 30th, 2015 2:51am
GO TO THE HOSPITAL!!! - I know that might sound scary, but it's extremely important that your wound receives medical attention immediately. If you can't get to the hospital by yourself, phone an ambulance and explain what's happened. If there's someone with you nearby, it would be beneficial to tell them what's happened. As for in the moment- clean the wound with water and put something over it and apply pressure- (although I'm not a doctor, so I wouldn't know what to do exactly). Good Luck!
December 30th, 2015 6:40am
Grab a first aid kit and immediatley hold pressure to the wound and don't be afraid to ask for help or call 911.
December 30th, 2015 7:39am
Get help from someone or call for help. Its better to be safe than sorry, especially when dealing with cuts.
December 31st, 2015 7:45pm
Call 911 immediately so you can get medical attention. Don't panic, you're going to be okay. Try to cover the wound with a cloth rag using pressure, changing the rag if it gets soaked. You're going to be okay.
January 1st, 2016 6:58am
Put something like a cloth over the cut and keep pressure on it. If the bleeding doesn't stop and you thinks its way too bad please go to the hospital.
January 1st, 2016 11:22am
You need to get help as soon as you can. Stay calm, call a hospital, bandage yourself up. Take care of yourself.
January 1st, 2016 1:01pm
It is important to tell someone when you have harmed yourself, as your safety is the priority, it is important someone knows you have harmed so you can be referred to further support, help and guidance onto a path of more positivity. It is important to tell someone about how you are feeling. My recommendation is to talk to a counsellor if need be, or if you need support, then to follow through with this website,
January 2nd, 2016 4:41pm
call the suicide hotline IMMEDIATELY. you are worth too much to be killed by a lifeless piece of metal. the feeling of recovery is something people die for, ironically so as it will never lead to recovery. go recover, and let your skin be soft and beautiful.
January 2nd, 2016 6:13pm
If you believe you've cut too deep, immediately seek professional help. Apply direct pressure to the cut to stop the bleeding, then gently rinse with lukewarm water and bandage. After that, seek professional help by calling your general doctor, or by visiting a hospital. If the bleeding persists for an extended period of time, call 911.
January 3rd, 2016 5:09pm
Don't panic! Using a clean banage or cloth apply firm pressure to the cut and if possible raise it above the level of your heart before seeking help. If the cut is very deep call the emergency services or call someone you trust who can help you seek emergency medical attention. Having someone with you who can help explain will help but even alone they will treat with respect and compassion. Allow yourself to care for that wound and yourself.
January 3rd, 2016 11:42pm
Call 9-1-1 as soon as you think your life is at risk. This applies for all cases of harm, self inflicted or not.
January 6th, 2016 3:06am
Put pressure on the wound and bandage it with something clean. Take deep breathes, and get help immediately.
January 6th, 2016 5:38am
If you're bleeding non stop, immediately call 911. If not get some anti septic, cotton and gauze wire and treat the wound.
January 6th, 2016 7:33pm
If you think you may have cut too deep you need to seek medical assistance straight away. I can't answer that question.
January 7th, 2016 12:41am
Get medical attention. There are huge risks of either bleeding out or getting an infection. It will be hard but it is necessary.
January 7th, 2016 1:18am
You should call an ambulance as fast as you can, Also, try to stop the bleading yourself if it's possible until the ambulance arrives.
January 7th, 2016 7:47am
If you think you've cut too deep, tell a guardian, parent, family member or call 911. It could be your life on the line if you dont get help right away