How to Clean a Wound

Have you been wondering if you are cleaning your wounds the proper way? Sarasota Medical Products offers tips to make sure you are taking care of your wound right away. Read on to learn more.

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First Step:

Wash your hands using soap and water; if unavailable, hand sanitizer may be used. Put on disposable gloves if at all possible. By doing this prior to treating any burn, cut, or scrape, the risk of infection is impeded.

Second Step:

Apply pressure if the wound continues to bleed. Use a clean cloth or sterile gauze to gently press on the wound until bleeding stops and try to elevate the affected part. Leave cloth or gauze over the wound even if blood seeps through. Place another clean covering on top of the former one and continue applying pressure. Do NOT follow this procedure for burns!

Seek medical attention at once if wound:

  • Occurs on a child under one year of age
  • Bleeds severely or does not stop by applying gentle pressure
  • Has irregular edges
  • Is deep, wide, or across a joint
  • Was inflicted by a dirty object or something piercing the skin
  • Resulted from a human or animal bite
  • Is located on the face or genitals

Third Step:

Rinse the wound with fresh water to remove dirt in minor cuts and scrapes. A soft cloth with mild soap can be utilized to clean around the wound. Do not clean inside the wound itself as this can cause pain and irritation. Lift any remnants of debris with tweezers cleaned with isopropyl alcohol. Do not dig around if dirt is difficult to remove. Instead, consult a doctor.

Burns should either be rinsed under cool water for 10 to 15 minutes or you can cover the burn with a cool cloth for the aforementioned period of time. Contact a doctor if you develop sizable burn blisters. Your doctor may recommend using a topical antibiotic if you have blisters that burst. Significant burns need to be attended to immediately in a hospital emergency room.

Fourth Step:

Use an antibiotic ointment. Neosporin and Polysporin are two topical antibiotics that are sold over-the-counter. These ointments help maintain the skin’s moisture and prevent infection. Although not warranted to treat insignificant wounds, applying a thin layer of antibiotics can enhance your body’s natural healing and lessen the chance of scarring.

Fifth Step:

Protect significant wounds with a sterile, non-stick bandage after cleaning the wound in order to hinder germs from invasion. Change the bandage once per day at a minimum or whenever it becomes dirty or wet. It is extremely important to cover wounds in places that are prone to germs such as the hands, feet, and areas that rub against clothing.

The symptoms below may indicate that a wound is infected and requires medical attention:

  • Worsened redness or swelling
  • Increased pain
  • Skin around the wound is warm to the touch
  • Offensive odor
  • Odd or increased drainage
  • Fever or chills

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