How to Treat Cuts and Scrapes

  posted by: Dennis

 

cuts and scrapesEven a simple mishandling of sharp tools in the kitchen or in any part of the body can lead to skin cuts, scrapes, and abrasions. Other causes include several sharp tools such as knives, razor blades, rough surfaces where the skin gets rubbed, and glass pieces.  And although these are just minor injuries, it is still better that one has a background on how to treat cuts and scrapes especially that it can pose harm to the sufferer by bringing about occurrences of infection.

Luckily, superficial wounds and abrasions do not require hospitalization and treatment at home usually revolves around halting bleeding. Given in this article are some steps on how to treat cuts and scrapes. How to go about caring for situation like this? Check it out below.

Basic First Aid for Cuts and Scrapes

Since most cuts will bleed profusely, it is important to halt bleeding by applying pressure on the area of affectation. This may be done by putting pressure on the site through the use of clean cloth or gauze. When no cloth is used, the hands can be applied on it. Elevating the affected body part on the level of the heart can be done as well to stop bleeding.

Once bleeding has stopped, another step for wound care is to clean the wound area with running water and an antibacterial soap. This is essential on how to get rid of the bacteria that may cause infection to the site. You can also remove any debris or other foreign material from the wound.

The wound can be disinfected with hydrogen peroxide and over the counter treatment such as iodine may be applied on the skin. Air dry the area, and once it has dried, you can cover it with bandage or sterile gauze to prevent it from being infected. Other home remedies revolve around replacing the bandage everyday to prevent bacteria from feeding on the wound and taking in a lot of Vitamin C rich food which enables faster recovery and healing of the site.

Most cuts and scrapes usually heal in the next few days, however one should look out for any signs and symptoms that infection has taken place such as delayed healing, swelling, wound that is hot to touch, discharge from the wound, and fever. if this is the case then, it is best advised that you take the sufferer to a medical facility to be prompted proper treatment and be given antibiotics such as Cephalexin for wounds. Good luck!

 

 

 

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Date: August 8, 2011 | Category: General Health
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