At times it happens that we get minor cuts while we cut vegetables while preparing or while washing dishes. Also, it often happens that we get cut from a piece of glass or a sharp knife. These minor cuts can be safely cured at home.
Dermatologist Laura K. Ferris said, "The most important thing to do is to gently wash the cut to prevent an infection. Beyond that, most minor cuts and scrapes stop bleeding and heal quickly with a few simple steps."
Dr. Ferris recommends the following tips:
1. Wash your hands with soap and water.
2. Wash the cut to prevent infection: Use cool or lukewarm water and a mild soap or cleanser to gently remove dirt or debris.
3. Stop the bleeding: Apply pressure to the cut using a clean washcloth or gauze. Maintain pressure for one to two minutes or until the bleeding stops.
4. Apply petroleum jelly: This will help keep the wound moist for faster healing. Make sure you apply it continuously until the cut heals. Do not apply topical antibiotics.
5. Cover the cut with a sterile bandage. Change the bandage daily, and keep the cut covered until it heals.
6. Consider taking over-the-counter pain medication: Acetaminophen can help relieve painful cuts.
7. Make sure your tetanus vaccination is up to date if your cut is from a dirty or rusty object.