Cuts – Proper treatment for cuts and wounds
The human body is amazing in its ability to repair itself. Most minor cuts can be treated at home. If immediate and proper care is given, infection and other complications can usually be avoided. Below are basic steps for proper cut or wound care.
- If the bleeding hasn’t already stopped, apply gentle contiuous pressure to stop the bleeding. Don’t take the pressure off to see if it stopped bleeding. Leave the pressure on for 15 to 30 minutes. If the cut continues to bleed after 30 minutes of continuous pressure, seek medical attention. NYC Medrite is open Sunday through Friday. They are wound care experts and will give you the attention you need.
- Clean the wound with clear water. If there is dirt on the skin, you can clean the area with soap, but try to avoid getting the soap into the cut because it can be an irritant. If there is dirt and debris in the wound, try to remove the debris with a sterile tweezers. If the dirt remains, seek medical help.
- Apply an antibiotic cream or ointment. You can purchase topical antibiotics like Neosporin at your local drug store. It’s a good idea to keep some in your medicine cabinet or first aid kit along with band aides, gauze and tape. The antibiotic will help prevent infection.
- Cover the wound but change the bandage at least once a day. Keep the bandage dry and clean. If it gets soiled, change it.
These basic steps work for small cuts and wounds. If you have a deep cut or wide wound that exposes muscle or bone, you will need stiches. Medrite walk-in clinic is here when you need it. If you think you might need stiches, we will clean and treat your wound so you can avoid the long wait and high costs of emergency rooms.
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