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Should you cover a minor 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 to help prevent infection or reopening the wound.

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

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