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First Aid For Wounds

What is the first aid treatment for wounds?

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  • ABurke Lennihan RN CCH, Alternative/complementary Medicine, answered

    Calendula 30c is almost the universal natural remedy for any time the skin is broken, whether by accident or by surgical incision. It brings the sides of the wound together, prevents infection, reduces pain and scarring, and speeds wound healing. Use in addition to conventional first aid measures – it will enhance and will not interfere.

    Exception: Use Ledum or Hypericum instead in the case of a puncture wound, bite wound or other “dirty wound”. Calendula heals the surface wound so quickly that infection can become trapped under the skin.

    Directions: Dissolve 2 pellets in the mouth to get the healing underway quickly. Meanwhile dissolve 2 pellets in a half cup of water to make the remedy stronger. Stir really well. The person can take small sips many times throughout the day, and the liquid can also be poured over the wound area. It works both internally and externally.

    Source: any natural food store, or online, for example Homeopathic Educational Services.

    More info in my book, A Healer In Every Home.

  • AKathleen Handal, MD, Emergency Medicine, answered

    The following is the first aid treatment for externally bleeding wounds: 

    • Do not apply a tourniquet unless trained to do so.
    • Do not push anything back into the skin.
    • Do not apply antibiotic cream unless wound is minor and cleaned first.
    • Do not remove blood-soaked bandage.
    • Do not put pressure on an object sticking out of a wound.
    • Do not use pressure points nor elevation.


    The following is the first aid treatment for major wounds:

    • Call for medical help.
    • Apply continuous firm, direct pressure to wound, using clean cloth or bandage until bleeding stops.
    • If bleeding soaks through bandage: Do not remove the original bandage. Apply more bandages and pressure.
    • Get medical help to cleanse and close the wound.
    • Monitor and treat for shock if present.


    The following is the first aid treatment for minimally bleeding wounds:

    • Clean the wound with soap and clean running tap water.
    • Apply continuous firm, direct pressure to wound until bleeding stops.
    • Once the bleeding stops, apply antibiotic ointment. Cover with dressing.
    • If bleeding soaks through bandage do not remove the original bandage.
    • Apply more bandages and pressure.
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