Taking Care of a Minor Wound
To avoid the risk of infection and scaring and to assist with healing, wounds need to be cleaned as quickly as possible after an injury occurs.
To treat a minor wound:
- Wash your hands with soap and water.
- Wear medical gloves, if they are available.
- Rinse the wound thoroughly with lukewarm running tap water to help remove dirt, debris and bacteria. Kitchen sprayers are also good for this.
- Gently wash the wound with mild soap and a washcloth.
- Repeat the washing until the wound is clean.
- Bandage the wound, lightly applying an antibiotic ointment first to keep the bandage from sticking to the wound.
- Watch the skin around the wound for sensitivity to the bandage.
- Apply a clean bandage if the current bandage becomes soiled or wet.
- Change the bandage at least twice a day.
Remember, wounds that are deep, large, painful, bleed excessively and/or have large fragments of debris in them should be cleaned and treated by a healthcare professional.
If you have questions about your wound or it doesn’t seem to be healing, contact the St. Joseph Outpatient Burn and Wound Clinic at (260) 425-3567 (260) 425-3567 .