First aid for cuts and other minor wounds

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Even though cuts, bruises and scratches are classified as superficial wounds, we should not neglect treating them as we can get ourselves some serious infections that will only complicate something that seemed to be so minor.

Cuts are more frequent during childhood and the first measure of treatment would be cleaning the wound with water or a local antiseptic solution. I recommend pharmaceutical sprays for opened wounds that are painful at touch.
Do not use medicinal alcohol for cleaning up a wound. This substance will only burn the tissues nearby and will cause major discomfort in children especially. You should use oxygenic water as dust, mud and any other impurities that might be found in the wound will clear out better.

Wounds and cuts

Wounds and cuts

Applying bandages must be done only after a careful disinfection of the wounded area. Sometimes, if the wound is not very deep it is best not to cover it up with bandages but let it heal free, at the air. If still you use a bandage, make sure it is compressive over the wound, in such a way that it will stop bleeding, but not too tight as it might stop blood circulation through your arteries and veins, causing a lot of trouble for you later. Any bandage should be changed with a new one daily, and every time it gets in contact with water. Usually after the wounds closes up and there is no more risk of bleeding you can give up using bandages.

In case you have a more serious cut you should use a sterile bandage, of course after washing the area around the cut and extracting any object that might have got inside the wound. Cuts that are deeper than 3-4 mm would be hard to isolate and secure with a bandage and usually request stitches. If you think you might need stitches, you should go to the hospital during the first 6 hours after the cut has been produced, so that the best results in healing your wound can be obtained.



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