Minor cuts and scrapes can be cared for at home.

Everyone suffers a cut or a scrape on occasion – it’s an inevitable part of life. Most of the time,wound care is simple; the injured party may want to bandage up his or her body and can get on with the day. If the wound seems deep or looks severe, then it is time to seek advice from a clinician on how best to proceed.

Help prevent scarring

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it is essential to keep the site clean, no matter how small the wound may be. Debris can easily enter broken skin and may cause infection. To keep material out, patients should keep the broken skin covered and apply petroleum jelly under the bandage so it stays moist. This can help prevent the wound from becoming too deep or developing a scab, which will mean the wound takes longer to heal. It should be kept covered at all times and the bandage should be changed daily, so it is a good idea to maintain a robust first-aid kit in the home.

When to see a clinician

Sometimes it is easy to tell that there is a complication with a wound, but other times a patient may be unsure as to when to seek advice. According to Healthline, if a wound is deeper than half an inch, it continues bleeding after 20 minutes, the flow does not stop despite adding pressure and it was sustained after a serious accident, patients must see a clinician. He or she may need to close the skin with stitches in more extreme cases.

Whole-body care

Those who have more severe wounds should take care of themselves in a way that may promote healing. This means the injured party may want to ensure adequate rest, a healthy diet and more fluids than usual to flush out the system and prevent dehydration. Keeping meals healthy with plenty of protein, fruit and vegetables might help the patient feel healthier overall and keep inflammation at a minimum.

As with any injury, it is best to speak with a clinician who can answer any questions. Minor abrasions are generally not a cause for concern, yet if the patient is diabetic, it may make sense to check in regularly with one’s health care authority to understand best practices and overall choices for optimal health.

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