Health Tip: Clean a Wound Carefully
(HealthDay News) -- 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
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