The Best Ways to Treat a Cut
Posted by Tia Patel | Dec-10-2020
Over the festive period we’ll all be busy wrapping presents, using sharp knives to chop vegetables and when we can’t find a screwdriver, using scissors to assemble a new toy. Combined with too much Christmas glogg, an extended family of people you're trying to entertain and a last minute rush to get dinner on the table and you potentially have an accident waiting to happen.
Cuts from a sharp knife or a piece of glass are very common. All it takes is a slip of the knife or a dish breaking, and suddenly there’s blood. However, while these types of cuts are startling, most can be safety treated at home. Read on to find out how to heal wounds fast naturally with our step-by-step guide to home care for minor wounds .
1. Wash your hands with soap and water.
2. Wash the cut to prevent infection. Using cool or lukewarm water and a mild soap or cleanser, gently remove dirt and debris.
3. Stop the bleeding. Apply pressure to the cut using a clean washcloth or gauze. Maintain pressure for one to two minutes or until bleeding stops.
4. Use your gel pack cold to slow down blood flow to an injury. This, in turn, will reduce pain and swelling in the area. Cold therapy is typically used immediately after an injury has occurred to reduce inflammation and help facilitate healing. Continue apply cold in 20 minute intervals.
5. Cover the cut with a sterile bandage or a plaster, depending on how deep the wound is, this will prevent it from reopening. Keep the cut covered until it heals. changing the dressing daily.
6. Consider taking over-the-counter pain medication if pain persists.
7. Make sure your tetanus vaccination is up to date if your cut is from a dirty or rusty object. If you aren’t sure, it's probably best to consult your doctor.
Sending you cut healing powers!