How To Deal With Cuts & Scratches?
Everyone gets scratches every once in a while. It’s the most common form of injury. Cuts and scratches can be caused by just about anything that you can think of. Luckily, most of the accidents don’t cause very deep cuts. Light cuts can be fixed at home right away.
If your cut is deep enough to see red or yellow tissue, if you let go of your cut and it opens, or if it does not stop bleeding within ten minutes, then you need to see a doctor.
Cuts like these will need stitches to fix this. This is most common for deep cuts and cuts that are near joints. However, if you only have a light cut or scratch, then you can follow these home remedies to help yourself.
10 Popular Home Remedies For Cuts & Scratches
#1. Stop the Bleeding
Before you do anything else, you should stop the bleeding. The best natural remedy for this is it to take a cotton ball or some sort of cloth and hold it on your cut. Use slight pressure when you hold it down so that the bleeding will stop faster.
Don’t hold it down too much though, or else you can mess up how your blood is circulating. If the bleeding doesn’t stop within ten minutes then you should see a doctor right away.
#2. Rinse your Cut
After you get the bleeding to stop, you should rinse out your cut. Make sure that the water is cool when you run it over your cut. Just doing this should get out most of the bacteria on the skin and other things that may have gotten into the cut.
#3. Check for Rocks
If you fell on gravel or some similar surface, then you should check your wound for any rocks or other debris that may have gotten into your cut.
Anything that couldn’t be washed away with water you’ll have to get out yourself. Most debris can be taken out just by rubbing the cut with a cotton cloth. If you can’t get them out this way, try using tweezers.
#4. Hydrogen Peroxide & Rubbing Alcohol
If you want to, you can use hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol as a home remedy to clean out a cut. These things are highly efficient when it comes to killing bacteria that may be in a cut.
Unfortunately, hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol contain harsh chemicals that can kill some skin cells that would have been used to close your cut faster.
If you are going to use hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol, make sure that you only have a small cut and that you only use a little bit of either solution.
#5. Salt Water
One thing you can use to rinse out your cut that won’t damage cells is a salt water solution. Mix two tablespoons of salt in a liter (about four cups) of boiling water. Once the water cools, rinse your cut with it. Wipe away any excess water with a cotton cloth.
#6. Natural Oils
If you don’t want to use chemicals to protect your cut from infection, then you may want to try a more natural remedy. You can buy or make tincture made out of many things. Some of the things that will work the best are lavender, Echinacea, Calendula, or tea tree oil.
Honey contains many antibacterial properties is one of the best natural home remedies that can help to heal a cut faster. Try to find natural honey, as honey with too many chemicals or added corn syrup will not work as well. Spread a little bit of honey over your cut and scratch and then cover it for the best result.
#8. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is great natural home remedy at treating shallow cuts. If you have a deep cut, then you shouldn’t use this because it could slow down the healing of the cut. If you can, use pure aloe Vera gel. Put a little bit of this on your cut a few times a day to get the best result.
#9. Cover your Wound
After you have treated your wound you should cover it to ensure faster healing. This will also prevent bacteria from entering the cut, which could cause infection. Use a bandage or clean cloth to cover your cut.
#10. Don’t Pick Scabs
Picking scabs just re-opens the wounds and can sometimes cause bleeding. It is best not to pick at the scabs even if they itch. If they do it, cover it with an anti-itch solution or with another bandage to prevent you from picking at it.
Hopefully these natural remedies will be able to help you in your treatment of cuts and scratches.