Health Tip: Clean a Wound Carefully

-- When you get a cut, scrape or minor puncture wound, careful cleaning can help prevent an infection.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions for cleaning a minor wound:

  • Run cool water over the wound, either by pouring from a cup or holding the area under running water.
  • Using a soft washcloth and soap, gently clean the skin.
  • Avoid applying soap directly in the wound.
  • Clean a pair of tweezers with isopropyl alcohol, then use the tweezers to remove any dirt or debris in and around the wound.
  • Avoid using strong cleansing solutions such as hydrogen peroxide or iodine. Use plain water unless otherwise directed by a doctor.

Posted: January 2012


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