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Sharp tips for cuts

Most small scrapes and cuts don’t need medical attention. However, you may want to see a doctor if your wound doesn’t seem to heal after you try these tips.

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    Apply pressure

    Stop the bleeding by applying a gauze pad or tissue. If blood soaks through, place another piece of gauze on top and keep applying pressure. Elevate the area if possible.

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    Clean it out

    Remove large debris with sterilized tweezers and clean area with water (alcohol, soap, iodine and hydrogen peroxide can irritate skin). Apply an antibiotic ointment and cover with a bandage.

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    Get back on your feet

    Keep an eye on it. If you see signs of infection, like continued redness or pus, call your doctor. But if you’ve properly cleaned and patched your wound up, you can most likely get back out there.

Sources: Mayoclinic.com and Webmd.com. This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of a doctor for any questions regarding a medical condition.

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