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Severed skin. Washing a cut or scrape with soap and water and keeping it clean and dry is all that is required to care for most wounds. Putting alcohol hydrogen peroxide, and iodine into a wound can delay healing and should be avoided.

Seek medical care early if you think that you might need stitches. Any delay can increase the rate of wound infection. Any puncture wound through tennis shoes has a high risk of infection and should be seen by your healthcare professional.

Any redness, swelling, increased pain, or pus draining from the wound may indicate an infection that requires professional care.

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Symptoms

How can you tell if your cut or scrape is healing properly? If you keep the area clean, the chance of infection is low. Some signs of infection to watch for include:

  • discharge or pus coming from the cut or scrape
  • fever
  • increased pain
  • redness, swelling, or warmth in the affected are

If any of these signs appear, your injury needs a doctor's attention. To stop the infection from spreading, treatment most often consists of an antibiotic cream or ointment (such as mupirocin, bacitracin, or fucidic acid)* or a prescription for oral antibiotics.

Certain people need to take special care if they get cuts or scrapes because their injuries won't heal easily. These include:

  • people who have weakened immune systems because they are taking similar medications or are in chemotherapy
  • people who take medications (such as prednisone) that make the skin dry and fragile
  • people who take medications (such as warfarin) that decrease blood clotting
  • some people with diabete

If you are in any high-risk category, find out what special precautions you should take if you injure yourself.

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Causes

 

Cuts and scrapes happen when your skin is accidentally broken or worn away. This can be the result of a fall, banging against a hard object, or being cut by something sharp.

We all get cuts sometimes, but some people are more prone to these injuries than others. Children, for instance, almost always have some sort of minor skin damage just from playing. Others more likely to get cuts and scrapes include older people or those who have delicate skin because of certain illnesses or medications.

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Cuts that require medical attention include the following signs:

  • they are deep (doctors usually are more concerned with how deep a cut is rather than how long it is, because of the concern that deeper tissues like blood vessels, nerves, or tendons may be damaged)
  • they expose any muscle tissue (red) or fat tissue (yellowish)
  • they stay open if you let go of the sides of the cut
  • they are on a joint or in an area where healing might be difficult (stitching might be needed to keep it closed)

If no medical attention is needed, treat the cut in the following way:

  1. Cleanse the cut with sodium chloride (salt) 0.9% and sterile water. If this is not available, use a mild soap and water to cleanse. This process helps remove any debris and bacteria from the cut. Avoid using cotton or wool to clean the cut because fibres may get into the wound and cause infection.
  2. Cover the wound with a moist dressing (cloth bandage). If you are not sure what type of dressing to use, ask your pharmacist for a recommendation.
  3. You can use astringents, alcohol, and antiseptics on the area surrounding the cut, but it is best to avoid using them directly on or in the cut, as they can disrupt the natural healing process.
  4. Dress the wound with a topical antibiotic such as Polysporin to help prevent infection and keep the wound moist.
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Herbal Remedies

Aloe Gel activates macrophages that fight bacterial infection, helps reduce pain & swelling.

BAYBERRY compress helps prevent bacterial infections.

Calendula stimulates collagen production and helps prevent infection.

Chamomile used as an infusion or poultice, stops cuts & scrapes from oozing.

Comfrey used in a salve or cream to help relieve pain and accelerate healing.

Goldenseal has antibacterial properties which help fight infection. Applied as a paste.

Gotu KolaTaken internally accelerates healing, reduces scarring.

St. John's Wort OIL Prevents infection, reduces inflammation, relieves pain.

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