As an adult, we must know of the basic emergency treatments on minor problems we might encounter at times. Treating minor skin cuts and scrapes fall under the category of common occurrences. We might as well how to deal with them. Here are several tips in how to treat these minor accidents.
- Clean the skin cut or scrape with tap water.
- Put the cut or scraped part of the skin under the tap water so you can take out the dirt or tiny debris out of the wound. If the cut is shallow, you can use the cleansing aid of an anti-bacterial soap. If you can’t get the dirt out, go to a clinic and have it seen.
- If bleeding occurs, stop it by putting a little pressure.
- We’re assuming that nothing’s major like blood squirt of course as we are talking about minor kind of wound only. But if there is bleeding—just in case—just put a slight pressure right on the wound with a clean cloth or towel. And don’t try to look at it frequently as lifting the cloth will only break through the cloth and start the bleeding anew.
- Bind it up using a sanitized gauze or band aid.
- Slightly or amply coat the scrape or cut with an antibiotic cream first. Then loosely bind it with gauze bandage (or a band aid if it’s just small). It’s imperative not to literary choke the wound.
- In case of infection or allergy, go to your doctor ASAP.
- If the wound, scrape or cut develops pus, swell or has been hot to feel, go to the doctor ASAP. Odds are the wound has acquired an infection.