Typically when you get a cut or scrape, how do you remedy it? Do you normally just put a band-aid over it–or do you actually take time to tend to it properly? Sometimes, we overlook a little cut because we think that it’s nothing serious, however, without the proper treatment, it could possibly turn into something worse. It’s important that we take care of our bodies, no matter how small the situation may appear.
Caring for Minor Cuts and Scrapes
With any cut or scrape, there are a few procedures to follow that one may not be aware of. If you or your child get a cut or scrape, you must:
- Wash your hands thoroughly-washing your hands before you touch a wound will help it to avoid getting an infection.
- Cease the bleeding-usually, minor cuts and scrapes stop bleeding on their own. But if that is not the case, apply a gentle cloth on it until the bleeding stops.
- Clean and apply-rinse your wound with water. Keeping it under water will help reduce the chance of getting an infection. Wash around the cut with soap, but do not get soap in the wound! Once you’re done, apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment (or petroleum jelly). This will help to prevent scarring.
- Cover the wound-place a bandage or gauze on top of your cut. Keeping it as clean as possible is vital. Be sure to change the dressing at least once a day.
Untreated Cuts or Scrapes Can Get Infected
Cuts and scrapes can lead to something serious if it becomes untreated. Things to look out for when you get injured are redness (on or near the wound), swelling, increasing pain, warmth or drainage. If you notice any of these signs, it’s best to visit a medical center to see a doctor as soon as possible.
At Westland Clinic, we accept new patients and welcome individuals of all ages. If you’re noticing any of those symptoms listed above with your untreated cut or scrape, please do not hesitate. Call us to set up an appointment. If you have any questions, please contact us. It’s better to be safe than sorry!