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How should you cover a cut or scrape?

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Once the bleeding has stopped and the wound is clean, you should cover it with a sterile bandage or gauze pad and tape.

If the cut is small and is in an area that won’t get dirty and be rubbed by your clothes, you may decide to leave it uncovered. But for most wounds, it's a good idea to cover them to help prevent infection or reopening the wound.

Change the dressing or bandage every day or more often if it gets dirty.

Antibiotic ointment can help you avoid infection. Use a thin layer of antibiotic ointment before applying the bandage or gauze to help keep cuts and scrapes clean and moist. This will also curb scarring.

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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