Everyone experiences a cut once in a while. Most minor cuts won’t need you to visit a doctor, but you must still do everything you can to make sure cuts recover as fast and effectively as possible in order to avoid bacterial infections. On the plus side, there are many things you can do to help your cuts recover easily and enable you to move on with your daily life.
Stop Your Blood Loss
If you are experiencing a minor cut or scratch, blood loss should be nominal and stop without treatment. If it is not, you can lift your wound up and use light stress with a clean and sterile bandage till the blood loss stops.
Wash Your Cut
To protect yourself from contamination, you will need to get rid of as much filth and germs as possible. Do that before you apply any bandage to prevent trapping microbes in your cut.
- Rinse off the cut under fresh water. The running water removes the debris in the wound.
- Visit your health practitioner if you have more grime or particles that you are unable to take out.
Use an Antiseptic or Antibiotic Ointment
These products can help keep your cut free from infections and defend against additional complications that could impede the recovery process. Brand names include Bacitracin, Neosporin, as well as Eucerin.
- Check the warnings of these solutions before buying them to make sure you are not hypersensitive to any of the ingredients.
- In case an allergy or soreness arises, stop using them and call your doctor.
- If you don’t have medicinal or antibiotic ointment, apply a flat layer of Vaseline. This helps make an obstacle between the cut and germs.
Wrap the Cut
Leaving the cut bare will allow debris and germs to enter it and may cause an infection. Try a clean and sterile, non-stick bandage or a Band-Aid to wrap your cut. Be sure that the bandage you use perfectly covers the cut. In case no bandages are around every corner, you can wrap your wound with a tissue or soft towel till you put your hands on a proper bandage.
- There are many types of bandages depending on where your cut is located. See our guide to bandage types for information on how to effectively utilize each type of bandage.