What do you do when you have a wound? Do you just ignore it and let it heal on its own? Or do you take care of it to ensure that it doesn't lead to an infection? Obviously, the latter is the right thing to do, although many people still choose to ignore cuts, lesions and scrapes.
Care for the wound right away. Even a minor cut can easily get infected if you wait for bacteria to build up. It's necessary to give first aid immediately.
• First, clean the wound under running water to remove dirt and debris. Don't use soap, iodine or hydrogen peroxide, as this can irritate the injury.
• If there is embedded dirt, use sterile tweezers to get them out. Do this slowly and gently. You don't want to poke yourself further and worsen the wound.
• If the wound is a puncture or if you step on a rusty nail, go to your doctor immediately to see if you need a tetanus shot. This is important even if you think that you already had one recently.
• If there is a large object embedded on the wound, don't remove it yourself. Go to the emergency room in the hospital and have it removed.
• Apply antibiotic ointment once or twice a day to prevent infection. Wrap the wound with sterile bandage.
• Change it daily but clean the skin around the wound first before re-wrapping it.
Reducing Wound Pain
After the wound has been treated, keep in mind that the pain doesn't end there. You don't have to endure the suffering. You can relieve wound pain with the following tips:
• For minor wounds, cover it to protect it from further injury.
• Take over-the-counter pain medications to ease the wound pain.
• If the wound is on the foot or ankle, stay off it as much as possible. Less pressure on the foot will enable faster healing.
• Get plenty of sleep and rest. This would allow your body to recuperate more quickly. You should also eat a lot of fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C promotes faster healing and production of skin collagen.
• If you suffer from a minor burn, apply cool cloths on the burn.
• Do not break any blister. This only makes the wound more painful and even increases the risk of infection.
• Never apply butter, oil, ice or ice water on any burn even though these are common home remedies that were traditionally used.
If the wound pain bothers you too much and the above mentioned tips don't relieve your suffering, call your doctor as this can be a sign of infection.