Welcome to Buoy Health

Learn about your cut on the hand, including causes and common questions. Or get a personalized analysis of your cut on the hand from our A.I. health assistant. At Buoy, we build tools that help you know what’s wrong right now and how to get the right care.

Cut on the Hand Checker

Take a quiz to find out why you’re having cut on the hand.

Take a quiz
Your Cut on the Hand May Also be Known as:
Cut on my hand
Cut on my left hand
Cut on my right hand
Cut on my right left hand
Hand cut
Left hand cut
Right hand cut
Right left hand cut
Sliced my hand
Sliced my left hand

Top 10 Cut on the Hand Causes

  1. 1.Ulnar Nerve Entrapment of Elbow

    Ulnar Nerve Entrapment of Elbow is the compression of the ulnar nerve, causing numbness and/or weakness in the hands.

    You should visit your primary care physician. Diagnosis is made by looking at your symptoms and confirmed with a test of the nerves. Treatment depends on severity. If no weakness, splinting and physical therapy. If weakness, surgery to decompress the nerve.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    hand weakness, pain in one hand, numbness in one hand, weakness in one hand, pain in one elbow
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Wound Requiring Stitches

    Open wound or cut that requires stitches

    You should seek immediate medical care at an ER - this cut sounds like it requires stitches.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    recent cutting accident, deep, jagged, or gaping cut, joint cut, cut that did not stop bleeding with more than 20 minutes of pressure, cut that did not stop bleeding with pressure
    Symptoms that always occur with wound requiring stitches:
    recent cutting accident
    Symptoms that never occur with wound requiring stitches:
    lightheadedness, shortness of breath, chest pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  3. 3.Influenza

    Influenza, or Flu, is an infection of the airway caused by the flu virus, which passes through the air and enters the body through the nose or mouth. The symptoms are similar to those of a cold, but the flu is usually more serious.

    If your flu-like symptoms are existing for less than 48 hours, it might be helpful to seek care by telephone or in a walk-in-clinic to get a course of oseltamivir (Tamiflu). Most people will get better on their own by drinking lots of fluids and taking an over-the-counter medication such as acetominophen (Tylenol) to help with aches or fever.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, cough, muscle aches
    Symptoms that never occur with influenza:
    headache resulting from a head injury
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  4. 4.Raynaud Phenomenon

    Primary Raynaud phenomenon is a disorder of the blood vessels, usually in the fingers and toes, which causes the blood vessels to narrow when feeling cold or stressed. When this happens, blood can't get to the surface of the skin and the affected areas turn white and blue.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own with conservative measures, such as avoiding cold and use of protective measures and/or quitting smoking. If this is ineffective or you have other symptoms in addition to this, contact your primary care physician when convenient.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    distal numbness, cold toe, cold fingers, spontaneous toe pain, turning blue or purple from coldness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  5. 5.Dehydration

    Dehydration occurs when the body does not have fluid to function properly, because of decreased intake or increased losses like vomiting and diarrhea. Symptoms of dehydration include extreme thirst, dark urine, fatigue, and dizziness.

    You should go to the emergency room to receive treatment. It is likely IV rehydration will be required.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, dizziness, vomiting or diarrhea, racing heart beat, being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

    Cut on the Hand Checker

    Take a quiz to find out why you’re having cut on the hand.

    Take a quiz
  6. 6.Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway filled with ligament and bones at the base of your hand. It contains nerve and tendons. Sometimes, thickening from irritated tendons or other swelling narrows the tunnel and causes the nerve to be compressed. Symptoms usually start gradually, and as they worsen, grasping objects can become difficult.

    Early diagnosis and treatment are important to prevent permanent nerve damage. Your doctor will diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome with a physical exam and special nerve tests. Treatment includes resting your hand, splints, pain and anti-inflammatory medicines. If symptoms do not improve with these less invasive treatments, your physician may recommend surgery.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous shoulder pain, hand weakness, wrist pain, pain in one hand, weakness in one hand
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Hepatitis a

    Hepatitis A is inflammation of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV) and usually spreads through contact with infected blood. It can also spread through sex with an infected person and from mother to baby during childbirth.

    You do not need treatment as no specific treatment exists for Hepatitis A. You can cope with symptoms with rest, snacking for the nausea and stop drinking alcohol to give your liver a rest.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, nausea, nausea or vomiting, loss of appetite, abdominal pain (stomach ache)
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Forearm Wart

    Warts are non-serious skin growths caused by a virus that infects the top layer of the skin. They are contagious.

    You can try several over-the-counter treatments, including salicylic acid and cryotherapy (freezing). Most warts go away on their own, but less so in adults.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored forearm bump, painless forearm lump, small forearm lump, scaly forearm bump
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  9. 9.Pulmonary Embolism

    A pulmonary embolism is a sudden blockage in an artery in the lungs. It is a serious condition that can cause permanent damage to the affected lung, low oxygen levels in your blood, or damage to other organs in your body from not getting enough oxygen.

    Call 911 immediately. This is a medical emergency that requires immediate diagnosis and treatment.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    shortness of breath, cough, fever, being severely ill, wheezing
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  10. 10.Myocarditis

    The myocardium is the muscular tissue that makes up the walls of the heart, allowing it to contract and push blood throughout the body. Myocarditis is the condition when this muscular tissue becomes inflamed, often as a result of an infection, causing the heart to struggle to pump blood.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will confirm the diagnosis by examining your heart with a stethoscope and an ECG (electrocardiogram), and by performing a blood test to check for infection. Myocarditis is treated with pain relievers, anti-inflammatory medicines, as well as medication to treat the underlying infection.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, shortness of breath, muscle aches, chest pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Cut on the Hand

  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?
  • Q.What is your body mass?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our cut on the hand symptom checker.

Take a quiz

Cut on the Hand Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced cut on the hand have also experienced:

    • 33% Side Pain
    • 33% Loss of Appetite
    • 33% Fatigue
  • People who have experienced cut on the hand were most often matched with:

    • 28% Ulnar Nerve Entrapment of Elbow
    • 14% Wound Requiring Stitches
    • 14% Influenza

Cut on the Hand Checker

Take a quiz to find out why you’re having cut on the hand.

Take a quiz