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Cuts or Lacerations (cont.)

Self-Care at Home

  • Most bleeding can be stopped with direct pressure and time (rest and elevation are also helpful).
  • Cleaning with a gentle soap and water will help reduce the chance of bacterial infection.
  • Antibiotic ointment (such as bacitracin) and a sterile gauze bandage will help to protect the wound from further infection and water loss until a scab forms.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/28/2014

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