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Summer Cuts and Scrapes

Cuts and scrapes can happen year-round but are more likely during the summer, when you’re enjoying outdoor activities.

To treat them:

  • Use cool, running water and soap to clean a minor cut or scrape.
  • To stop a cut from bleeding, use a clean cloth or tissue to apply firm pressure to the cut. Apply pressure for 5-20 minutes to stop the bleeding.
  • If your cut is in an area that won’t get dirty, you may decide to leave it uncovered. Otherwise, bandage it and change the bandage every day.
  • As your cut heals, it will form a scab. Don't pick at it. The scab will fall off on its own when the wound has healed.

See your doctor if you notice signs of infection, such as fever, inflammation, tenderness, or pus coming from the wound.

Of course, you should seek immediate medical attention for major skin wounds that are deep, bleed heavily, or have objects deeply embedded in them.

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