December 15, 2022
Dr. Jerry Williams of Urgent Care 24/7 discusses what is the right thing to do if you get a cut or scrape. Making sure the basics have been done to that wound, can make a huge difference in cutting down on the likelihood of infection and other complications for body retention, and speeding up healing and decreasing scarring.
The first thing you want to do is obviously control bleeding. But when it comes to wound care itself, we're going to assume that the ones are not bleeding and there's not any major damage. First and foremost, what's the most important thing? Getting to wash it with soap and water, get it clean as quickly as you can. Good old fashioned warm water and soap can just accomplish miracles.
Make sure you get any foreign body meaning any dirt, any dust, any debris, you want to get that washed away, off and out of the wound. Then you want to clean the wound with an antiseptic.
In some cases, if it's a really dirty wound, it may have to be cleaned twice a day, but clean the wound daily. Keep it clean until it's healed.
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