Slips, trips and falls often lead to cuts and grazes. Most of the injuries sustained from trips and falls can be treated at home, without the need for any professional medical assistance. That being said, it is important to know how to correctly treat cuts and grazes to prevent the wound from getting infected.
In cases where cut wounds are not prevented from getting infected, further, more severe ailments can arise. As such, a basic first aid awareness is always beneficial for ourselves and for others in the family.
Tips to stop cuts from getting infected
Perhaps you have suffered a fall or cut yourself on a carving knife? Whatever your home based injury, most cut wounds require similar treatment to prevent the area from getting infected.
The NHS recommends that cuts are treated as follows to prevent them getting infected:
- Stop the bleeding before applying a dressing to the cut. Use a clean towel or bandage, for example, and cover the area for several minutes. If the cut is on your arm or leg, raise the limb to reduce blood flow.
- Clean the wound to prevent it from getting infected. Wash your hands, run the cut under clean, cold water. Pat dry, then cover with a self-adhesive dressing, such as a plaster.
The NHS recommends against using antiseptic wipes, as it can slow the healing process. You should also remove any dressing after a couple of days. The wound will have started to heal and by allowing it air, you can encourage the healing process.
Remember that while the area is healing, keep it clean, however, refrain from over treating the area. This can aggravate the healing process and lead to infection.
When to seek medical help
While most cuts and grazes can be treated in the home, the NHS advises that you should seek urgent medical attention if, the cut:
- is over 2 inches long
- has a jagged edge
- was caused by a human or animal bite
- has been contaminated
- had a foreign body in it before it was cleaned
Claiming compensation for accidents
If you have experienced a slip, trip or fall through no fault of your own, and you believe someone else was liable for the accident you suffered, you may be able to claim compensation for the harm you have endured.
For more information, speak with Accident Advice Helpline today on freephone number, 0800 689 0500.