How to treat cuts
Clean around the wound with soap and water.
Press on the cut to stop the bleeding, and continue for up to 10 minutes
or until you see the blood has formed a clot. For this use a sterile
bandage, clean cloth, or if not available, a clean hand. (Try not to use
dry gauze. It can stick to the wound). Don't use a band-aid for applying
Apply pressure on the wound again if it keeps bleeding. Get help if it is
still bleeding after 20 minutes or more. Keep pressing on it while you
wait for help.
Lift the part of the body with the cut higher than the heart. This slows
down blood flow to that spot.
Apply a first-aid cream, such as Neosporin or Johnson & Johnson, on
the cut after it has stopped bleeding and when it is clean and dry. Apply
it with a sterile cloth or cotton swab.
Put one or more band-aids on the cut. Do it this way...put the band-aid
across the cut so it can help hold the cut together. The sides of the cut
skin should touch, but not overlap. Don't touch the cut with your hand.
You can use a butterfly bandage if you have one. Use more than one bandage
for a long cut. Leave the bandage on for 24 hours. Change the bandage
every day or two or more often if you need to. Be careful when you take
the bandage off. You don't want to make the cut bleed again. If you have
used gauze, wet it before you pull it off.
Take aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen sodium for pain. Don't
take aspirin every day unless your doctor tells you to because taking it
too much may keep the blood from clotting.
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