8. Apply Antibacterial Ointment
Applying an antibacterial ointment will prevent infection. The antibacterial ointment Neosporin contains three ingredients: neomycin, bacitracin, and polymyxin. The ointment will also create a barrier that seals in moisture and keeps germs from penetrating the cut or scrape. This barrier allows your body to get to work repairing damaged tissues. After cleaning the cut or abrasion, gently pat it dry with a clean cloth. Then, apply a thin layer of ointment to the area with your fingertip. More does not mean better; a little dab spread thinly over the wound should do the trick.
7. Keep It Moist
Previously, the medical community believed that allowing a wound to air dry and form a protective scab was the best remedy for a weepy wound. However, recent evidence suggests that wounds heal more quickly if they are kept moist. According to a report in Advanced Wound Care, wet treatment of wounds allows skin and tissue cells to regenerate more rapidly and leaves behind less scarring. After applying a bacterial ointment, cover your wound with a light dressing to protect the area and hold in moisture.
6. Cover for Protection
Do use a bandage or dressing to keep your cut or abrasion moist and protected from the environment. While moisture helps the wound heal more quickly, avoid introducing dirty water to your cut, which will allow germs to grow and fester. For small cuts, an adhesive bandage may be all you need. For slightly larger areas, you may want to apply a piece of gauze held in place with medical tape. The antibacterial ointment you apply will prevent the dressing from sticking to the wound.Related: Infections That Increase Stroke Risk