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Healing From Summer's Cuts and Bruises

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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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