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Scrapes and Cuts Management. By Our July Student Pharmacist, Ping Zhu.


Here is some information on dealing with minor scrapes and cuts that we all get during the summer months.

What to do if you get a cut or scrapes? Follow the graphics below for step by step tips.

  1. Wash your hands before touching the wound.
  2. Stop the bleeding. Depending on the depth of the wound, you may need to apply pressure to stop the bleeding. Most minor cuts or scrapes will stop bleeding on their own, however.
  3. Clean the wound with clean water. Try to remove the dirt or debris. If dirt or debris is hard to remove, contact your doctor. Cleaning the wound can reduce infection risks.
  4. Apply antibiotic cream. Apply antibiotic cream such as Neosporin to reduce risks for infections.
  5. Cover the wound with bandages.
    • Covering the wound can minimize scar formation. Make sure the wound is not too moist. If the wound appears white-ish, it is too moist.
    • For deep wounds, stitches may be needed for faster healing.


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When should I get a Tetanus shot?

You need to get a Tetanus shot if:

  • You have unknown history for tetanus immunization.
  • The wound is dirty and your last tetanus immunization was at least 5 years ago.
  • The wound is clean and your last tetanus immunization was at least 10 years ago.

What is a liquid bandage?

Liquid bandages are waterproof and more flexible than regular bandages and they are more cosmetically appealing. They may, however, cause skin discoloration or bleaching.

When do I need to see a doctor?

  • If you have trouble stopping the bleeding.
  • If you have trouble cleaning the wounds and getting all the dirt out.
  • If you experience fever.
  • If you have a deep wound.


Mayo Clinic

Pictures are from http://www.wikihow.com/Clean-a-Minor-Wound and https://www.neosporin.com/products/wound-care/original-antibiotic-ointment


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