Tips for Treating Minor Cuts and Scrapes
Fortunately, minor cuts and scrapes don’t require a trip to the emergency room, but you should take the following steps to keep them clean and prevent infections:
Wash Your Hands
- Washing your hands with soap and water will help prevent bacteria from getting into the cut and causing infection. If you’re on the go, use a hand sanitizer.
Stop the Bleeding
- Apply gentle pressure to the cut with a sterile bandage for a few minutes to stop the bleeding.
Clean the Wound
- Once the bleeding has stopped, rinse the cut under cool running water. Do not use soap, hydrogen peroxide or iodine as they may cause irritation.
Remove Dirt or Debris
- Use tweezers cleaned with alcohol to remove dirt, gravel, glass or other materials from the cut.
- You do not need to cover every cut and scrape; however, bandages can help keep the cut clean and bacteria out.
Relive the Itch and Pain
- For pain or itch relief from minor cuts and scrapes, try Solarcaine® Cool Aloe Spray or Gel. Use as directed.
Consult Your Doctor
- Watch for signs of infection and see your doctor if you notice any redness, increased pain, drainage, warmth or swelling.
- Seek medical attention if the wound is deep and may require stiches, or if caused by glass or a rusty nail.