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The Treating and Protection of Wounds

Injuries happen even to the best of us and one of the most common injuries is cutting one’s self. I’ve done it before. There have been times where I’ve cut my finger while catching a piece of paper flying out of my printer (don’t ask, but paper cuts can be fairly nasty). It’s just best to clean up those cuts, put a bandage on it. Change the bandage every day, give it some time to heal, clean it again, later, rinse, and repeat until done.

That being said, there are some pretty nasty things to get into cuts and they range from the painful but harmless to there might be problems.

Salt in a wound is one of the most painful things that you can receive. Needless to say, the phrase of pouring salt in a person’s wound, they weren’t whistling Dixie when they came up with that phrase.

Lemon juice is another one. Again the old adage of lemon juice in the wounds and believe me when I say that causes pain and utter misery.

Dirt is another one and while not painful it could cause nasty infections.

Onion drippings is another one. You think that onions make you cry. Well, get some if it in an open cut and you’ll really be crying.

Another person’s blood the reasons why should be obvious, given the types of blood transmuted diseases that a person could be a carrier for.

Just clean the wound, keep it covered, and you should be fine. You’ll be as good as new in a couple of days. If not, well I’d advise seeing a doctor.

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MsTina wrote on July 26, 2014, 8:20 PM

A guy from my area had a cut on his leg and went swimming in a lake. He caught MERSA and nearly had to get his leg amputated. I would say sand and lake water should be kept out of a wound.

FergusM1970 wrote on July 26, 2014, 8:59 PM

I once cut my had rather badly opening a bottle of beer. I couldn't find the bottle opener and decided, for reasons unknown, that a combat knife would make an ideal substitute. It opened the bottle but also, unfortunately, a rather large gash in my hand. When I stood up to look for a bandage I discovered I'd been sitting on the bottle opener. I felt rather silly.

AliCanary wrote on October 1, 2014, 7:22 PM

My old standby has been hydrogen peroxide for cleaning, but I have heard that it can actually impair healing. I've never had any problem with it, though.

AliCanary wrote on October 1, 2014, 7:23 PM

Oh, now that's ironic!

Feisty56 wrote on October 7, 2014, 7:51 PM

The current thought is to wash a wound with simple soap and water as the best cleansing method. A puncture wound or a cut caused by something germ-laden or rusty may well require being looked at by a health care professional,\.