Generally, a minor wound occurs when some part of the skin gets damaged due to any kind of injury. Injuries can include accidents, violence, fire burns, casual burns, bites or stings, skinned knee, sliced fingers – any kind of damage to the skin can be categorized as a wound.
Wounds can be categorized as minor wounds and severe wounds. In case of severe wounds, blood flow cannot be stopped easily, and you should immediately seek medical treatment.
In case of minor wounds, you don’t need immediate medical treatment. Some home remedies and care can treat it. You can consider a small cut due to a sharp object, minor skin burnings, kid wounds while playing as a minor wound.
One thing that each and every one of us would agree on is that minor wounds only seem minor but itching due to these wounds is very painful, right? You know what, minor wounds play a very important role in daily soaps, you know well what do I mean? If you still didn’t get what I mean leave it and let us focus on how to treat a minor wound?
How do we treat minor wound?
First, make sure that the wound is minor. Sometimes, ignorance can lead to serious conditions.
Steps to treat minor wounds
Don’t panic! Be patient and treat the wound.
Due to the damage to the skin, blood flows for the first few seconds but after some time blood stops flowing as the coagulation (clotting) process starts if the wound is not major.
Bring the affected person to the open space full of air.
Don’t gather around that person. Due to the injury, he or she might require more supply of oxygen. So. give space, and offer a chilled glass of water.
Look for the First-Aid box.
Nowadays, a first aid box is available in most public places. If not available, borrow it from someone or buy it from the medical store.
Clean the wound.
Cleaning a wound immediately after an injury is very important because small particles of dirt or any other debris can stick to it. It becomes very hard and painful to clean it after drying. Apply antibiotic ointment in a small amount on the wound and clean it with the help of a cotton ball, and let the wound get dry for 4 to 5 minutes.
Cover the wound
Now, cover the wound with a loose bandage of cotton to avoid further exposure to dirt and small particles in the environment.
Note: Don’t use any cloth in your home to cover the wound. It can be dirty. It can contain pathogens. So, avoid using any random cloth.
Change the bandage two times a day for better improvement. Also, clean the wound minimum of one time a day.
Sometimes, wounds can be due to rusty iron objects that would require a shot of tetanus vaccine. So, if your wounds are of such types consult a doctor first and then take the treatment.
Follow every step and you will be amazed after seeing its healing process.
Home remedies to treat minor wounds
Coconut oil has antimicrobial properties that enhance the healing process.
Apply a thin layer of oil on the wound for better results.
You must have heard about the ayurvedic properties of turmeric. Turmeric plays a very important role in stopping blood flow and killing bacteria on the wound. You can make some turmeric paste at home. Take turmeric powder and warm water, mix them and make a paste.
Apply the same paste on the wound and cover it with a bandage.
Aloe vera is a very important ingredient for cell regeneration and skin integrity. It reduces inflammation and helps in the healing process. You can peel out fresh aloe vera gel and apply it to the wound, it feels soothing.
Risks involved in home remedies:
If the wound is normal, applying turmeric is helpful. But if the wound is deep, latter it becomes really difficult to remove that for treatment.
Applying coconut oil is helpful but immediately you should cover it with a bandage, otherwise, the oil will attract dirt and debris to the wound.
When to visit the hospital?
COVID-19 pandemic has normalized the use of face masks and hand sanitizers as precautionary measures. Even then people get affected by the coronavirus. Analogically, even home remedies are easy, healing, as well as cheap treatment methods. But, even then sometimes medical treatment is a must.
Just as precautionary measures (wearing a face mask and applying hand sanitizers at regular intervals) of COVID-19 cannot eradicate the virus. Similarly, even if you cannot heal everything with home remedies, sometimes the wound seems normal externally but something has been damaged inside, which needs medical treatment.
Following are some signs that you should not ignore and immediately need to seek medical treatment:
- Redness at the wound spot
- Continuous pain and itching
- Swallowed or warm skin near the wound
- Blood or pus collecting in wound
If you are observing any of these signs, the wound needs to be treated properly to be healed.
Take away points:
- Know your wound first and then take treatment.
- Home remedies can treat minor wounds if followed properly.
- Seek medical treatment for severe wounds.
- Try having a balanced diet during the healing period. Food is the medicine if taken properly. Include fruits, green vegetables, juices, and coconut water in your diet.
- Have a lot of sleep. Yes, sleep can heal your body as well as a wound.
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