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Cuts, scrapes (abrasions), and puncture wounds facts

  • Washing a cut or scrape with soap, and water and keeping it clean and dry is all that is required to care for most wounds.
  • Cleaning the wound with hydrogen peroxide and iodine is acceptable initially, but can delay healing and should be avoided long-term.
  • Apply antibiotic ointment and keep the wound covered.
  • Seek medical care within 6 hours if the affected person thinks they might need stitches.
  • A delay can increase the rate of wound infection.
  • Any puncture wound through tennis shoes or sneakers has a high risk of infection and should be seen by a doctor.
  • Any redness, swelling, increased pain, fever, red streaking, or pus draining from the wound may indicate an infection that requires medical care.
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Comment from: Judy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I cut my hand a week ago and had stitches. The wound seems to be oozing, white, not yellow pus.

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Comment from: gingerjoy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

A small dog got out of its fenced area and bit my leg. It punctured the skin but didn't bleed. I'm worried about infection. I cleaned the area with soap and hot water. The owner said the dog has had its shots but I'm still concerned. It's a small wound. I am wondering if I should go see a doctor and get antibiotics just in case.

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