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Most small cuts and scrapes don’t require a visit to the doctor.
Follow these five steps for simple wound care:

Stop the bleeding

  • Apply gentle pressure with a piece of gauze or tissue

  • If blood soaks through, don’t remove the gauze, simply place another piece on top

  • Continue the pressure, elevating the area if possible, for up to 20 or 30 minutes.

Clean gently

  • Once the wound has stopped bleeding, gently wash around the area with water (hydrogen peroxide, iodine and alcohol can irritate skin) and remove any debris with alcohol-sterilized tweezers, then rinse.

Consider applying antibiotic cream

  • Applying a thin layer of antibiotic cream or ointment helps keep the surface of the cut or scrape moist and helps ward off infections.

Apply a bandage

  • An uncovered scrape or cut is more prone to infection, so keep bacteria at bay with a bandage.

  • Change bandages daily or if the bandage becomes dirty, wet or leaks.

See a doctor

  • If you notice any redness, warmth or swelling

  • If the wound does not seem to be healing properly.



Sources: and This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of a doctor with any questions regarding a medical condition.


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