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How do I give first aid for cuts and scrapes?

Cuts and scrapes should be cleaned with warm water and a mild soap. Remove any foreign material such as dirt or grass. Many people apply a topical antibiotic such as bacitracin. The wound can be left open or covered with a sterile dressing such as gauze or a bandage. Check daily for redness, pus or other signs of infection.
Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
For small cuts and scrapes, cleansing of the wounds with hydrogen peroxide followed by antibiotic ointments will promote wound healing. Dry dressings may be replaced twice a day. Larger lacerations may require surgical debridement and closure.

Start by making sure the bleeding has stopped. In many cases, this will happen on its own, but you can apply pressure if it does not. Clean the wound and apply an antibiotic ointment. Finish with a bandage. If the cut is deep, you may require stitches. Lastly, keep an eye on the cut or scrape to make sure it's healing properly and not developing an infection.

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