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Healing From Summer's Cuts and Bruises

With summer in full swing, lots of outdoor activities are underway that can lead to bumps, bruises and abrasions. Here are some tips to help your skin recover:

  • For a minor cut that isn't bleeding much, first clean the site. Rinse the area well under clean running water, then use a mild soap, such as dishwashing liquid, to clean the cut; rinse all the soap out. Gently use clean tweezers to remove any debris.
  • If the bleeding is more than just an ooze, hold direct pressure over the site for several minutes to allow the body's clotting mechanisms to work. Sometimes a cut will start to bleed again after cleaning it, and you'll need to apply pressure again afterward.
  • Most cuts don't need a bandage, but if they're in an area that can get dirty, then cover them up.
  • The evidence on whether antibiotic ointments help heal wounds is not clear, but if you use one, apply a thin layer, and make sure it doesn't keep the bandage from sticking.
  • Cuts that are large, deep or that "open" with movement might need medical attention. Additionally, if a cut continues to bleed even after applying direct pressure for 10 minutes, then see a doctor.
  • Finally, don't forget about tetanus shots. Dirty wounds, in general, and puncture wounds, in particular, may require a tetanus booster, so see your doctor if you have questions.

From the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, I'm Dr. Tedd Mitchell, and this is the President's Prescription.

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