Cleaning a Wound

Dos and Don’ts in Cleaning a Wound

Wounds come in degrees of severity. There are deep and serious wounds that need professional care, but there are wounds such as a scratch, a bruise, a burn, or a shallow cut that you can take care of on your own. You don’t have to be a physician to clean minor wounds, however, you need basic knowledge same as you need to run a best cutting machine for vinyl. Here are the simple steps and the dos and don’ts in cleaning a wound.

Step 1. Do wash your hands with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer. Don’t touch the

wound area with unclean hands, it may cause infection.

Step 2: Do rinse the wound thoroughly with clean running water. Don’t use soap because the

soap’s chemical might irritate the skin, or it might be painful.

Step 3: Do press the wound gently using a clean cloth or sterile gauze if there is bleeding, keep

it until pressed until the bleeding stops. Don’t do this step for burns.

             Signs that you should look out for to seek medical attention:

  • The bleeding does not stop
  • The wound is caused by poisonous animal bites
  • The cut is deep and needs stitching
  • There are fragments in the wounds such as broken glass, pieces of wood, etc.
  • The is in the sensitive parts of the body such as the face or genital area

If the wound is caused by a burn, rinse the area with clean running water for 10 to 15 minutes to relieve stress. If the blisters are severe see the doctor and if it’s a major burn go to the emergency room immediately.

Step 4: Do apply over the counter antibiotics once the bleeding has stopped. This will prevent

further skin infections. Applying a thin layer of skin antibiotics can also boost the body’s

natural healing process and reduce scarring. Don’t apply skin antibiotics if the person

has a history of allergy or stop using them when rashes appear. Ask your physician first.

Step 5: Don’t cover the wound if it is just a minor scrape or cut. Air drying can speed up the

healing process. Do cover the wound with a sterile non-stick bandage, if it would be prone to germs and infection. Wounds that are more prone to germs and infections are mostly big open wounds in the hands or feet. Replace the bandage at least once a day.

Over time, the skin areas in the wound will undergo the natural healing process. Scabs may appear and the areas around the wound may become itchy. Don’t peel the scab. Don’t scratch the itchy area, apply an anti-itch ointment instead.

Signs that you need to seek medical attention:

  • The wound is not healing for quite sometime
  • There are redness and swelling and the wound feels warm
  • There is an unpleasant odor
  • Fever or chills

These may be simple tips but knowing these steps can be crucial. One time, my little boy accidentally touched the blade of my vinyl cutting machine and got quite a cut in the finger. Knowing perfectly well what to do made it easier to treat. Lesson learned is if you have something sharp in your home like my vinyl cutting machine, don’t leave it within the reach of children.

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