8 Natural Home Remedies For Abrasions
Everyone gets small abrasions from time to time. Whether you’ve gotten a paper cut, or if you’ve tripped outside and scraped your skin on the pavement, this article can help you.
This article will discuss how to clean out, speed up the healing, and tell you how to hygienically take care of your abrasions with simple home remedies.
Whether you have tripped and scraped your knee, or if you gotten a paper cut, the first thing you should do is rinse out your injury. This natural remedy can help to make sure that most of the dirt and bacteria will be flushed out. This is a big step that can help prevent infection. Use cool water to do this, as hot water may burn your skin, and possibly even burn the inside of your cut.
#2. Salt Water
If you have salt around, then that’s an even better natural home remedy than just plain water. Salt can help to kill bacteria as well as flush it out of your cut. Mix in two tablespoons of salt for every liter (about four cups) of water. Run the water over your cut or scrape like you would with running water. Do this until you are out of water or until the cut is thoroughly washed out.
#3. Hydrogen Peroxide
Another home remedy to clean out cuts and scrapes is to use hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide can kill bacteria better than water or salt water, but it can also make it harder for your cut to close. Hydrogen peroxide should only be used on shallow cuts, and only a little bit should be used.
#4. Check for Debris
Sometimes rinsing out a cut can’t get out all of the debris out of the cut. This is especially important to do if you got your abrasion by tripping or falling outside. Check to make sure there are no rocks or pieces of plants in your cut before you do anything else. It’s no good to have a dirty cut; they can lead to infection even if the cut is only small to begin with.
#5. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is one of the best natural home remedies that can help to speed up the healing of small cuts and scrapes. While aloe vera should not be used on large wounds, it is perfect for small abrasions. You can buy aloe vera gel from just about any store, or you can get the gel straight from the plant. The fresher the gel is, the better it will work. Rub a little bit of the gel on your cut at least twice a day so that it can heal faster.
No matter how small your cut it, bandaging your abrasion is a great way to make sure that it doesn’t get infected or bleeds onto clothing. If you have a larger scrape, you may want to find a large wrapping bandage to protect your body from infection. If you only have a small cut, then a simple tiny store-bought bandage will work just as well.
#7. Ten Minutes
If your cut or scrape is bleeding, then try to put some sort of pressure on it, or even just put a bandage on it if it is only a small scratch. However, if it is a larger injury, then you should put pressure on it for at least ten minutes. During this time, don’t lift pressure, or check to see if the bleeding has stopped early. If, after ten minutes, the bleeding has not stopped, you may want to see a doctor. If you want, you can wait for ten more minutes and see if that helps it to stop bleeding. If it is still bleeding after twenty minutes, then there’s no question about it. You need to see a doctor.
Once your cut heals a little bit, you will get a scab. When this happens, don’t pick it off. If you have a child who picks scabs, put a bandage over it so that they don’t pick at it as much. If you pick off a scab, there’s a good chance that it will start to bleed again and possibly even re-open your cut. If you leave your scab alone, then within a couple of weeks it will fall off on it’s own, without bleeding anymore.
Hopefully these simple natural home remedies can help you to treat your abrasions!