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How can you stop the bleeding of a minor cut or scrape?

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A small amount of blood can help clean out the wound. Smaller cuts and abrasions usually stop bleeding on their own. A cut to the head or hand may bleed more because those areas have a lot of blood vessels.

To stop the bleeding, gently put firm, direct pressure using a clean cloth or gauze. Continue to hold the pressure steadily.

Don’t raise the cloth or gauze to check on the wound, because that could cause the wound to start bleeding again. If blood goes through the dressing, just put more on top and keep applying pressure.

If the cut is on your hand or arm, you can help slow the bleeding by raising it above your head.

If the cut spurts blood or doesn’t stop bleeding, get medical help right away.

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes, and Stitches."

Merck Manual Home Edition: "Wounds."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 16, 2019

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes, and Stitches."

Merck Manual Home Edition: "Wounds."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 16, 2019

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