Slips, trips and falls can result in injuries ranging from minor bruises, cuts and grazes to sprains, fractured limbs or even more serious head, neck or back injuries. While most people will immediately seek medical assistance for personal injuries of a more serious nature, grazes are often overlooked as a minor issue not to be worried about. It is, however, important to make sure a graze doesn’t get infected, as an infection could ultimately lead to more serious consequences.
How to ensure a graze doesn’t get infected
Any graze, but in particular one that was the result of a slip, trip or fall in public places or outside, should be dealt with immediately in order to prevent infections.
- Step 1
The first step in ensuring a graze doesn’t get infected after slipping, tripping or falling is to clean it thoroughly under running water. This will remove any dirt likely to cause a build-up of bacteria in the wound, which could eventually lead to infection. Use of soap or iodine should be avoided, as this could irritate the injury.
- Step 2
Any remaining debris should then be removed with the help of sterilised tweezers. Should it be impossible to clean the graze properly, seeing a doctor is recommended, as remaining dirt could cause an infection. In a similar fashion, it is recommended to seek emergency medical assistance in cases where large objects are embedded in a graze.
- Step 3
Once the wound is clean, making sure a graze doesn’t get infected can be further aided by applying (one to three times per day) an antibiotic ointment and dressing the graze with a sterile bandage. The graze should be cleaned before each successive application of ointment.
- Step 4
Bandages should be changed daily. The skin surrounding the graze may be cleaned with soap to prevent dirt working its way back into the graze.
- Step 5
Finally, watch the graze to make sure it really is healing. If the graze fails to heal and/or gets red, warm and inflamed, or if red streaks develop within the surrounding skin, medical care should be sought immediately.
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Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown