Self-Care for Cuts, Scrapes, and Burns

April 26, 2021
Cuts, scrapes, and burns are hard to avoid. Most minor injuries can be treated at home. A small wound may threaten your health if it causes severe blood loss or becomes infected. Call your healthcare provider if a wound doesn’t heal within a couple of weeks.

Call your healthcare provider right away if:

If you’re caring for someone else, remember to protect yourself from illnesses carried in blood and body fluids. Use gloves or whatever else is available (a towel, perhaps) as a barrier between you and the blood.

Step 1. Control bleeding

Step 2. Clean the wound

Step 3. Cover the injury

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