Cuts and scrapes are an inevitable part of life. An accident in the kitchen or garden is very common and can often result in an open wound. Since any break in the skin no matter how small or minor ,can become infected, you must treat it seriously. A cut on the head, face, mouth or foot can bleed profusely, because there are many blood vessels close to the surface of the skin. To avoid scarring treat cuts on the face with special care. So how to stop bleeding from a minor cut or abrasion at home? try these first aid treatments.
How to stop bleeding from a minor cut or abrasion
Try these first aid treatments to stop bleeding caused by minor cuts at home, however, an occasion may arise where medical care by a professional healthcare provider is required. If you have any doubt, consult your healthcare provider immediately.
To treat a minor cut or abrasion at home, stop the bleeding by applying direct pressure with a clean cloth or a sterile gauze. You can also put some ice on the wound to stop bleeding, since cold constricts the blood vessels and slows blood flow. If you cut your mouth or tongue, use ice cube or a fruit juice popsicle.
Disinfect the wound
Cleanse and disinfect the wound by washing thoroughly with water to clean out any foreign matter or dirt. by holding your cut or scrape under running water. Now cover the wound with adhesive bandage to prevent bacterial infection, open wounds are more likelt to catch an infection.
caution: If wound is from a rusty object or there is foreign matter embeded in the wound, or if it is deep and the edges of the skin are separated, and the bleeding doesn’t stop, go to the near ER or consult your doctor. You may require stiches or gluing to hasten healing and make your scar smaller. Your doctor may also administer tetnus shot, especially if it has been more than 5 years, since you last had one
Elevate the wound
If applying pressure fails to stop the bleeding, elevate the wound above your heart to reduce the blood flow to the area and apply direct pressure.
Press nearest pressure point
if the wound continues bleeding, press the nearest pressure point above the wound for roughly one minute. Pressure points are located inside the wrists, on the inner side of the arms halfway between the elbow and shoulder, and on the inside of the thighs just below the groin.
Lick the wound
If you’re unable to wash the wound, lick it with your tongue. A 2008 study published
in the FASEB journal found that histatin, a small protein in saliva known to kill bacteria, greatly speeds the healing of wounds. This finding explains why animals lick their wounds and why wounds in the mouth heal much faster than flesh wounds.
Once the bleeding has stopped, apply some unrefined coconut oil to the wound and cover it with a bandage to help heal the cut quickly without having any infection.
Calendula has antibacterial properties and helps to speed healing. It is also exceptionally soothing to the skin tissues. Apply calendula oinment to the wound to help heal the wound quickly.
Aloe vera gel
Aloe vera gel from the freshly cut aloe vera leave can be healing and soothing . Keep this miracle plant close to you for faster healing. Apply topically to the wound as many times as you like to heal the wound without infection.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar, water and salt mixed together can be used as a quick disinfectant for minor cuts and abrasions
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil has antiseptic properties and can help prevent infections. Dab the injury with undiluted tea tree oil before bandaging.
To protect a cut or scrape, keep the scab soft, and speed healing, coat the affected area with Bag Balm, the salve originally developed in Vermont to soothe cows’ udders
Goldenseal powder can be topically applied to the wound to help it heal minor cuts and scrapes. Open a capsule and add some water to the powder to make a paste and apply this to the wound. It will prevent infections and encourage speedy healing.
To stop the bleeding quickly smear a dab of ChapStick over the wound. The wax seals the
laceration. preventing air from causing the nerve to tingle.
Raw honey has antiseptic properties, and can be applied to the wound directly. It is helpful when no other remedy is available. Treat minor cuts and wounds with honey’s antibacterial and antifungal properties. Apply a small amount twice daily to a wound or burn to speed healing process
To seal a minor cut, simply apply some Glue along the laceration. The active ingredient in Glue is ethyl 2—cyanoacrylate, virtually the same active ingredient contained in liquid bandage, an instant glue used to seal lacerations.
A minor laceration can be healed by applying a tea bag dampened with cool water to the spot. The tannin in the tea acts like an astringent to stop the bleeding, soothe the skin, and reduce inflammation
To disinfect a cut or scrape, pour an antiseptic mouthwash over the wound. Mouthwash are an astringent and antibacterial.
Black pepper or cayenne pepper
To stop a minor cut from bleeding, rinse well with water, and sprinkle ground black pepper or ground cayenne pepper on the laceration, and cover with a bandage. Black pepper has antiseptic properties.
To disinfect a cut or scrape, mix half teaspoon garlic powder with enough water to make a thick paste. Now apply this paste to the wound and cover it with bandage. Garlic powder can help stop the infection and heal the wound quickly.
eliminate sugar from your diet for faster healing of the wounds. Sugar makes our body more acidic which slows healing. When body is healing, avoid sugar to create a more balanced alkaline environment.
Eat foods rich in beta-carotene and vitamin A and C. 15,000 international units of beta carotene, 5000 IUs of vitamin A and 2,000 mg of vitaminc C per day can help stop the development of any infection due to the cut.
Keep the wound dry and clean for atleast two days to reduce the risk of infections. Always make sure that the wound is well cleaned immediately after the injury to avoid bacterial infections.