You can treat simple cuts and scrapes at home if you have the right antiseptic products to deal with these injuries.
It is very common to cut your skin, whatever your age may be. While children suffer the most cuts and bruises as they play outdoors and fall several times, even adults can suffer skin wounds. Those who cook are always vulnerable to cuts and burns in the kitchen, while men often cut themselves while shaving.
Unless the injury is very severe – that is, if you have broken a bone or cut a blood vessel – most surface wounds are easy to treat at home. However, you need antiseptic skin cleaning products to administer first aid to yourself and your loved ones. Simply washing the wound with plain water and slapping a bandage on it will not help.
How to administer first aid
The first step in administering first aid is to clean your own hands thoroughly before touching the site of injury. Wash your hands thoroughly with antiseptic hand wash and wipe them clean with antibacterial wipes. Give them a few seconds to dry before proceeding to deal with the injury.
Cuts: If you or your child have suffered cuts on the skin, first assess the depth of the cut. If the cut is very deep, it is wisest to head to the ER of your local hospital. If the cut appears to be a shallow one, wash the surface gently with antiseptic liquid diluted with water. Use a soft tissue to gently clean out the injury site. Let the skin dry before you close the wound with a bandage. Follow the same procedure if you cut yourself shaving.
Burns: You can suffer a burn in the kitchen, or your child may suffer one while secretly playing with matches. If the burn is a small one, hold the affected area under clean running water for at least five minutes. Next, dab antiseptic on the area with a gentle hand, or use wet wipes. The skin will tingle and burn for a while. Once the site is dry, apply a soothing salve on the area and keep it open. If the scorching sensation persists for more than a few hours, consult a doctor.
Bumps and bruises: There is very little one can do if one bumps his head or gets bruised. If the injury is suffered outdoors, make sure to clean the area with wet wipes to dislodge dirt particles. Apply a pain relieving cream on the area and rest.
What your first aid kit must contain
Every home and office must have a first aid kit. There is no way to predict when one may be injured, so it is better to be prepared.
The kit must contain:
- Gauze dressing
- Bandage strips
- Slim metal scissors or cutters
- Latex gloves
- Antiseptic liquid
- Wet wipes
- Hand wash
- Safety pins
- Medical tape