First Aid Guide to Cuts and Burns- Debunking the Myths

1)      When you first put yourself, cleaning with hydrogen peroxide is the best remedy.

FALSE. According to http://www.webmd.com/, washing with hydrogen peroxide can actually damage tissue and hinder the healing process. The best alternative would be to wash the cut under cool water to make sure all the dirt, debris, and other bacteria gets washed out for approximately five minutes. If the cut is large, deep and there is excessive bleeding, then you must seek professional help.

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2)      Keeping a wound moist is key.

TRUE. Keeping cuts moist helps the healing process and helps prevent bandages from sticking to the cut. This is especially true when dealing with scrapes and large wounds. If you clean the wound and put a thin layer of antibiotic cream on the cut, then you are taking the right steps to preventing infection.

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3)      Leaving scrapes uncovered is necessary.

FALSE. The necessity of putting a bandage over the scrape is fundamental. You really do not want to have dirt or fabric rubbing over your scrape. This may make your wound prone to infection. Furthermore, if you place a bandage over a cut or scrape, you are holding the edges of the cut together to hasten the healing process. Remember, when you place a bandage over a cut or scrape, you must place it across the width of the wound and not lengthwise.

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4)      When taking your bandage off, pulling it slowly is the best way.

TRUE. When pulling off your bandage, the best way to do it is in a slow manner.  If you pull it in a harsh, abrupt way, you risk re-opening the wound and pulling off the scab. If you see that the bandage is stuck to the scab, soaking it with warm water should soften the scab. If you are worried about hair being lost, just pull the bandage in the same direction of the hair growth.

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5)      Putting butter on a burn is a great idea.

FALSE. When placing ice or butter on a cut, you could potentially be causing more damage. When dealing with a burn, you should have cold running water hit the burn until the pain ceases.  If you have a blistered cut, you should use a sterile gauze bandage and loosely wrap it with non-adhesive dressing.

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Resources:

Louise Chang, . N.p.. Web. 19 Aug 2013. <http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/wound-care-10/slideshow-wound-care-dos-and-donts&gt;.

This tool does not offer medical advice.

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