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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

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

Stop the Bleeding

  • Apply gentle pressure to the cut with a sterile bandage for a few minutes to stop the bleeding.
Clean the Wound

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

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

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

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.