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How do I give first aid for cuts and scrapes?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

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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