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How should I clean a wound?

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Wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer before you touch your would or treat someone else's. You don’t need hydrogen peroxide or iodine products to thoroughly clean a simple cut or scrape.

If the wound can’t be cleaned, call a doctor.

  • Rinse the wound in clear water to remove dirt and debris.
  • Use a soft washcloth and mild soap to clean around the wound. Don’t get soap in the wound.
  • Use tweezers to remove any dirt or debris still there after washing. Clean the tweezers first with isopropyl alcohol.

From: How Should I Clean a Wound? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Intermountain Healthcare: “Chronic Wounds.”

Mayo Clinic: “Cuts and Scrapes: First Aid,” “Burns: First Aid.”

Familydoctor.org: “First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes, and Stitches.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Skin Injury.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 30, 2019

SOURCES:

Intermountain Healthcare: “Chronic Wounds.”

Mayo Clinic: “Cuts and Scrapes: First Aid,” “Burns: First Aid.”

Familydoctor.org: “First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes, and Stitches.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Skin Injury.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 30, 2019

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