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What are different home remedies for cuts and scrapes – a summer problem?

INITIAL STEPS

Stop the bleeding:
– The first thing to do (after admonishing yourself for being so clumsy) is to stop the bleeding.
– Apply pressure to the area with a clean cloth or tissue.
– Elevate the wound above the heart to slow the blood flow.
– Don’t use a tourniquet as it cuts off circulation.

Wash up:
– Clean it thoroughly with soap and water or an over-the-counter cleanser.
– Hibiclens is one of them and that doesn’t sting.
– Pour hydrogen peroxide onto the wound, if it is very dirty.
– As it bubbles, it will lift out debris.
– Apply it carefully, because hydrogen peroxide can damage surrounding skin.

Bring on the antibacterial ointment:
– Antibacterial ointments and solutions are helpful.
– Polysporin, Neosporin, and Bactine are examples.

Clean with iodine:
– Use a tincture of iodine or povidone-iodine for minor cuts and bruises.
– Iodine kills bacteria and viruses effectively.

Close the skin:
– Properly closing the skin is important.
– Closing makes the cut heal faster.
– It also reduces the chances of scarring.
– Apply butterfly strips or a standard adhesive bandage to keep the cut closed.

Cover it:
– Use Telfa, a coated, gauze-type bandage instead of a guage that tends to stick to the wound.
– Don’t cover it too tightly.
– A bit of air circulation actually facilitates healing.

Keep it clean:
– Remove the bandage and wash the wound every day with soap and water.
– This will prevent infection.
– Then apply a clean bandage.

Don’t let it dry out:
– Keep the wound moist.
– This will help prevent cracking, speed healing, and reduce the chance of scarring.

If a scab forms, don’t pick at it:
– This disrupts the skin and can introduce bacteria.
– Soak crusty scabs with a solution of one tablespoon white vinegar to one pint of water.
– The mildly acidic solution is soothing and helps kill bacteria.

At night, keep the wound moist with a water/petrolatum regimen
Cover the wound with a little petroleum jelly (such as Vaseline) to seal in the moisture.

Don’t get locked up:
– Consider having a tetanus shot within 72 hours.

Protect it from sunlight:
– Avoid sun exposure during the healing process.
– Apply over-the-counter hydrocortisone to the wound.

The following vitamin and mineral supplements are recommended to aid in rapid healing:
– Beta-carotene. Take 25,000 international units a day.
– Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine). Take 50 milligrams a day
– Vitamin C. Take 3,000 to 5,000 milligrams a day.
– Vitamin E. Take 400 international units a day
– Zinc. Take 50 to 100 milligrams a day.

Different Home Remedies
– Cover the cut with a mixture of zinc oxide cream and vitamin-E oil.
– Calendula gel or ointment stimulates fast healing at the skin’s surface.
– Clove oil is high in eugenol, a compound that is both an antiseptic and a painkiller.
– You can sprinkle powdered cloves on a cut to prevent infection.
– Comfrey roots and leaves contain allantoin, which stimulates cell division and speeds wound healing.
– It also avoids scar formation.
– Echinacea is also Commission E-approved as a topical treatment for superficial cuts.
– This herb has powerful immune-stimulating properties.
– Drink a cup of echinacea tea three to four times a day to strengthen your immune system to speed healing.
– Goldenseal contains several antiseptic compounds.
– Apply a poultice of crushed goldenseal root to any minor cuts.
– Yarrow is excellent for stopping bleeding.
– Sprinkle powdered yarrow extract onto the cut.
– A great home remedy for cuts is turmeric powder.
– This can be applied to a cut to promote healing and prevent infection.
– Wash the cut thoroughly and then put garlic oil or crushed garlic on a band aid.
– Washing the cut or scrape with soap, dose it with vitamin E oil, aloe vera gel or cod liver oil.
– Use cayenne pepper to stop the bleeding of cuts and scratches.
– Wash the wound with a good soap. Then apply a thick layer of Vaseline.
– Yarrow leaves and flowers have been used for their blood-clotting, anti-inflammatory, and pain-relieving qualities.

There are a number of herbal first-aid creams available:
– Calendula in echinacea-and-comfrey combinations
– Calendula blended with white sage
– Elder flower, and chickweed;
– Calendula mixed with goldenseal propolis and myrrh.

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