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How do I treat a minor cut or scrape?

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To keep cuts clean and prevent infections and scars:

  • Wash your hands. First, wash up with soap and water so you don’t get bacteria into the cut and cause an infection. If you’re on the go, use hand sanitizer.
  • Stop the bleeding. Put pressure on the cut with a gauze pad or clean cloth. Keep the pressure on for a few minutes.
  • Clean the wound. Once you’ve stopped the bleeding, rinse the cut under cool running water or use a saline wound wash. Clean the area around the wound. Don’t get soap in the cut, because it can irritate the skin. And don’t use hydrogen peroxide or iodine, which could irritate the cut.
  • Remove any dirt or debris. Use a pair of tweezers cleaned with alcohol.

From: First Aid Tips WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

911.gov: “When to call 911.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Poison ivy: Tips for treating and preventing.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “First Aid: Burns,” “First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes, and Stitches.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Animal Bites,” “Sprained Ankle,” “Sprains and Strains: What’s the Difference?”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Caring for Insect Bites and Stings,” “First Aid for Burns.”

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Insect Venom.”

American College of Emergency Physicians: “Home First Aid Kit,” “Is it an emergency?”

American Red Cross: “Ten Common First Aid Mistakes.”

CDC: “Tetanus: Who Needs to be Vaccinated?” “Venomous spiders.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Nosebleed (Epistaxis),” “Scars.”

Intermountain Healthcare: “Wound Care: Home Instructions.”

Medscape: “Animal bites in emergency medicine treatment & management.”

National Health Service: “Treating insect bites and stings.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What are Sprains and Strains?”

Nemours Foundation: “Emergency Contact Sheet,” “First-Aid Kit,” “First Aid: Spider Bites,” “Nosebleeds,” “Splinters,” “The Story on Scars.”

Oregon Health Authority: “Antibiotics, Topical Review.”

Penn Medicine: “How to remove a splinter.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Cuts, Scrapes or Bruises (Skin Injury).”

Skin Cancer Foundation: “Five Ways to Treat a Sunburn.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Hot Tips: First Aid for Burns,” “Taking Care of Cuts and Scrapes.”

UpToDate: “Animal Bites.”

FDA: “Outsmarting Poison Ivy and Other Poisonous Plants.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on December 18, 2016

SOURCES:

911.gov: “When to call 911.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Poison ivy: Tips for treating and preventing.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “First Aid: Burns,” “First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes, and Stitches.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Animal Bites,” “Sprained Ankle,” “Sprains and Strains: What’s the Difference?”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Caring for Insect Bites and Stings,” “First Aid for Burns.”

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Insect Venom.”

American College of Emergency Physicians: “Home First Aid Kit,” “Is it an emergency?”

American Red Cross: “Ten Common First Aid Mistakes.”

CDC: “Tetanus: Who Needs to be Vaccinated?” “Venomous spiders.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Nosebleed (Epistaxis),” “Scars.”

Intermountain Healthcare: “Wound Care: Home Instructions.”

Medscape: “Animal bites in emergency medicine treatment & management.”

National Health Service: “Treating insect bites and stings.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What are Sprains and Strains?”

Nemours Foundation: “Emergency Contact Sheet,” “First-Aid Kit,” “First Aid: Spider Bites,” “Nosebleeds,” “Splinters,” “The Story on Scars.”

Oregon Health Authority: “Antibiotics, Topical Review.”

Penn Medicine: “How to remove a splinter.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Cuts, Scrapes or Bruises (Skin Injury).”

Skin Cancer Foundation: “Five Ways to Treat a Sunburn.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Hot Tips: First Aid for Burns,” “Taking Care of Cuts and Scrapes.”

UpToDate: “Animal Bites.”

FDA: “Outsmarting Poison Ivy and Other Poisonous Plants.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on December 18, 2016

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