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When should you bandage a wound?

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If you have a minor scrape or cut, clean it and leave it alone. Otherwise, place a clean, sterile, nonstick bandage on the wound after cleaning it to help keep out germs. Change the bandage at least once a day or when it's wet or dirty.

Be extra careful to cover any cuts or wounds on areas that tend to get dirty or germy, like your hands or feet. You also want to bandage any wound that would rub on clothing, such as a cut on your knee. Always cover large wounds.

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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