Cuts, scrapes, and puncture wounds are common, and most people will experience one of these in their lifetime. Evaluating the injury, and thoroughly cleaning the injury is important. Some injuries should be evaluated by a doctor, and a tetanus shot may be necessary. Treatment will depend upon the severity of the injury. Read more: Cuts, Scrapes and Puncture Wounds Article
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Treatment & Diagnosis
Medications & Supplements
- MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) Dietary Supplement
- mupirocin cream - topical, Bactroban
- zinc oxide topical (Desitin and Others)
- silver sulfadiazine (Silvadene, SSD, SSD AF, Thermazene)
- lidocaine HCl injection, Xylocaine
- lidocaine jelly - mucous membrane, Xylocaine
- tea tree oil (Melaleuca Oil)
- potassium permanganate granules
- lidocaine - topical, Lidamantle, Xylocaine
- OTC Pain Relievers and Fever Reducers
- benzocaine spray - mucous membrane, HurriCaine
- sodium chloride solution - irrigation, Sea-Clens
- benzoin - topical
- pramoxine/hydrocortisone - topical, Enzone, Pramosone
- hydrocortisone/lidocaine - topical, Lida Mantle HC
- pramoxine and hydrocortisone (Epifoam, Pramosone, Proctofoam HC, Procort, Analpram HC)
Prevention & Wellness
- Health Tip: Control a Bleeding Wound
- Health Tip: When You Get a Cut
- Freshwater Algae Can Infect Wounds, Study Shows
- Health Tip: Caring for a Cut or Scrape
- Health Tip: Remove a Splinter
- Cholesterol Drug Boosts Wound Healing in Diabetic Mice: Study
- Flesh Eating Bacteria and Lupus
- Health Tip: Clean a Wound Carefully
- Maggot Therapy May Assist in Wound Healing
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