Scrapes, cuts, and gashes are not only painful but also can allow dangerous infections to set in. When you or a loved one suffers from a cut or scrape, it is critical to properly treat the wound to keep it clean and allow it to heal. Proper wound care allows your body to get to work cleaning the area, repairing tissues, and fighting off infection. While you should seek medical attention for wounds that are deep or cover a large area of your body, you can treat smaller injuries yourself.
10. When to Seek Medical Treatment
According to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), there are certain signs that cuts or abrasions should be treated professionally. The AAFP advises calling your doctor if the wound is jagged or has rough edges, is on your face, or contains dirt that you cannot wash out. Additionally, if the injury is deep and you can see bone, muscle, or fatty tissue, you should seek medical attention. Furthermore, you should call your doctor or get to an emergency room if you are unable to stop the bleeding by applying pressure.
9. Clean with Soap and Water
Whether you cut yourself chopping vegetables or pick up some road rash by falling off your bike, you can use soap and water to cleanse your wound. Gently use soap and running water to clean the area and remove any dirt or debris that may have become embedded in the wound. Avoid using hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol on the area. Dr. Rachel Rader from Davis Regional Medical Center states that these harsh antiseptics can destroy healthy cells and delay healing. Do use rubbing alcohol to clean any tools, such as tweezers, you may need for removing dirt particles.