One of the smartest things you can do for yourself, and for your family, is to learn proper first aid tips, so that you’re prepared if there is ever an accident. Oftentimes, people don’t follow proper first aid tips leading to infections and complications with otherwise minor wounds. We have some quick tips to help you avoid that.
What are Minor Wounds?
Knowing the difference between a minor wound, and one that needs medical attention is the first in our important list of first aid tips. Minor wounds can be treated at home with over the counter medications, but need to be kept clean and cared for properly, or they could become infectious. Examples of minor wounds include:
- Scrapes that stop bleeding when pressure is applied
- Surface burns that are not blistered and peeling
- Sunburns that are red and sore, but the skin is not blistered
- Rashes that are not accompanied by a high fever
- Bug bites or stings that do not spread or get worse over time
- Bruises on the legs or arms due to bumping or falling
First Aid Tips for Minor Wounds
Minor wounds need to be taken seriously and cared for properly so they don’t become more serious. Follow these simple first aid tips to make sure your minor wound is being properly cared for.
- Wash your hands before you treat any type of wound.
- If bleeding, stop the blood by applying gentle pressure with a clean cloth or bandage. You may need to elevate the affected area.
- Gently clean the wound with water and get rid of any debris that may be in the wound.
- Use a topical antiseptic, such as Argentyn 23 First Aid Gel by Natural Immunogenics to soothe the pain and prevent infection.
- Cover the wound with a clean bandage and change it often to prevent infection.
- When possible, leave the wound open to the air for short periods of time.
When to See a Doctor
If you think your wound may be more serious than you can handle at home, it’s always a good idea to seek medical treatment. Here are some easy ways to tell if you need to see a doctor right away.
- The bleeding lasts longer than 20 minutes, and doesn’t stop when pressure is applied.
- The wound is on the head or abdomen and you are having other physical side effects such as vomiting or dizziness.
- If you notice any signs of infection, that includes redness, swelling or pus coming from the wound, or if you suddenly develop a fever.
- If the wound was inflicted by a wild animal.
- If the wound is deeper than ½ an inch into the skin.
Minor wounds are easy to treat with these simple first aid tips, but be vigilant about your health! Minor wounds can be serious if not treated properly and kept clean. Good luck!