When you're at home, do you know how to properly care for a minor cut or burn? If your injury doesn't require a trip to the emergency room, it's important to know how to tend to the wound and avoid infection. Follow these tips to ensure a small issue doesn't turn into an infection:
- Before doing anything, you have to stop any bleeding that is occurring. This can be done by applying light pressure to the area. In some cases, it can take up to 30 minutes for the bleeding to subside – a continuous flow will likely require further medical assistance.
- Once the bleeding has ceased, it's time to clean the injury. Only use water, because soaps can cause unwanted irritation. Before moving forward, make sure that any debris has been removed.
- If you have an antibiotic ointment on hand, this is the time to apply it. Don't put too much on the wound, just a thin layer is needed.
- Now you can apply a bandage to cover and protect the area from bacteria. Be sure to change the dressing at least daily, and allow it to get some air to speed up the healing process.