President's Prescription: Cuts and Wounds

President's Prescription: Cuts and Wounds

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - It doesn't matter if you are shaving, working in the yard with tools, cooking or anything else. One wrong move and you can give yourself a nasty cut. While these lacerations hurt, do they really pose a health risk? Well the fact is they can if you don't properly care for them at the time of the injury.

Minor cuts can be cared for at home. First, stop the bleeding by putting pressure on the area with tissue, gauze or cloth. Make sure everything is clean. After several minutes, the bleeding should have stopped, and you can rinse the wound with cool water. Clean the area around the wound with soap and water, but do not apply soap directly on the wound, as this causes irritation. It is not necessary to use a stronger cleaning solution, such as hydrogen peroxide for minor cuts. If the cut is in a place that it will not get dirty or be bothered by clothing, leave the wound uncovered and it will heal faster. Otherwise, it is important to cover the wound with a bandage or gauze that you change at least once a day.

It's important to know when you should seek medical attention for a major cut or a cut that won't heal. See a doctor if your cut:

Won't stop bleeding after 10 minutes of applying pressure

If the wound is from a human or animal bite

For whatever reason the wound does not seem to be healing properly in 2 to 3 days

If you have not had a tetanus booster in the last five years and you do cut yourself deep or a puncture wound, see your doctor to help avoid a potentially life threatening situation.