Cuts can be painful and if it gets infected is a threat to health but if you follow some simple guidelines then you will find that they are nothing you should concern yourself with.
If you have suffered more serious cuts in the last three years and it was somebody else’s fault then you might be able to claim compensation and should call the Accident Advice Helpline to confer with one of our friendly advisors.
The five steps you should take to treat cuts are as follows:
- Stem the bleeding
Be aware that if your cut is causing heavy bleeding then you should make sure to stop it before dressing. Applying pressure with a towel or bandage and if possible raise the area by lifting an arm or lying down and propping up the leg, whichever is the injured limb.
- Dressing the wound
There are a few steps to follow when dressing a wound at home:- Thoroughly wash hands and dry before starting
– Use running water to clean the cut but don’t start with antiseptic as it will hinder the natural healing process
– Use a clean towel to dry the area
– Use a plaster or other sterile adhesive dressing
This should be changed as often as necessary and you can use waterproof plasters to enable washing.
Unless the cut is particularly large or deep it will heal in a few days by itself but if you are in pain then ibuprofen or paracetamol are effective painkillers.
- Consider medical help
This should only be necessary if you think the cut is infected. To prevent this avoid contamination from bodily fluids or soil. Make sure that there are no foreign objects in the wound like a piece of glass and be alert if the wound is longer than 5cm or has a jagged edge. Animal bites are also more prone to infection so it is worth visiting your doctor in this instance.
- Keep a watch out for infection signs: – Feeling unwell
– Pus forming
– Redness around the cut
– Increasing pain
– Swollen glands
If you do suffer an infection these can normally be treated with antibiotics.
What if the cut is more serious?
You might consider a visit to accident and emergency if:
- The bleeding is coming out in spurts, this indicates it is from an artery.
- Bleeding does not stop
- You have difficulty moving the area, lose sensation or have extreme pain
- The cut is particularly large or deep
Accident Advice Helpline deals with all sorts of injuries and is also experienced with travel accident compensation, road traffic accidents and slips, trips and falls so give us a call today on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice