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Evasion from Skin Abrasions

Skin abrasions are common enough. They are especially common for athletes, little ones, and those of us who are accident-prone. Most of the time we can treat scrapes at home but it’s important to know the proper first aid steps to help treat wounds properly.

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1. Before treating the wound, make sure you wash your hands.

2. If the wound is bleeding, use sterile gauze or non-fiber shedding material and press down on the wound until bleeding stops.

3. Next, wash with mild soap and water. Then apply an anti-septic to the wound itself and cover with an adhesive bandage.

4. Help wounds heal by keeping them away from direct sun exposure. Too much sunlight can create dark marks or scarring.

5. Continue to wash the wound properly and reapply bandages when needed. This will help prevent wound infection.

For more severe abrasions and cuts, it is always advised to get a tetanus booster if the skin is badly scratched, if the injury area has caused immense bleeding, and if there was possible exposure to tetanus. Incised wounds are even more dangerous as they can cause severe bleeding and can even be fatal. The first step in case of deep cuts is to apply pressure on the injured area to prevent blood loss.