A Guide to Clean a Skin Wound at Home

How well you care for a wound after its occurrence can play a vital role in how soon it heals. This goes without saying that wounds need thorough cleaning for reducing the risk of scarring and infection to promote the healing.  But first try to stop the bleeding prior to going for washing the wound.

During the process of cleaning the wound, it is quite normal to go for the mild to moderate bleeding.  Post the process of cleaning, stop the bleeding by the application of direct pressure and elevating the wound.

A visit to the doctor is a must if you are unable to clean the wound. This can occur for a number of reasons like if it has injured a large number of tissues creating a deep round, if it covers a large area or has debris and dirt and a foreign object that you are unable to do away with or is too painful to clean.

Things to Do Before Cleaning

You should use bare hands for cleaning the wound only if there are no other options. Wash your hands with soap and water prior to cleaning the wound. Then put on medical gloves for hygienic reasons. If possible, let the injured person clean their own wound.

Rinsing the Wounds

If you are not going to see the doctor immediately, then rinse the wound for at least 5 to 10 minutes.

You should use a large amount of water with moderate water pressure. In this case, cool water may feel much better than warm water. You will be able to do away with maximum dirt, bacteria and debris that will reduce the risk for infection by washing the wound thoroughly.

You can also use the water sprayer of your kitchen to wash the wound. This removes most of the dirt and other objects from the wound. Ensure that you do not get any spray from the wound into your eyes.

Minor Wounds to be Cleaned at Home

* Clean the wound first for mild bleeding.

* With cleaned tweezers, remove the large pieces of debris or dirt. Do not push the tweezers too deeply into the wound.

* Go for an Ivory dishwashing soap and wash the wound with a large amount of water for removing the debris, dirt and bacteria from the wound. Follow the steps written below.

  • Hold the water under clean tap water. In this case, the greater amount of water you use, the better it will be for the wound.
  • Use washcloth, soap and water to gently scrub the wounded area. More damage can be caused by hard scrubbing and the chance of infection can rise. Scrubbing the wound will increase the bleeding and can probably hurt. But it is vital that you clean the wound thoroughly.
  • Use water sprayer of the kitchen or washing the wound. This way you can do away with most of the other objects and dirt from the wound.
  • The large minor wounds can be cleaned in the shower.

* Repeat the cleaning process if the dirt remains in the wound.  Try to remove with tweezers and then scrub again with washcloths.

* If the wound starts bleeding again, then apply pressure to stop the bleeding.

If the wound is large and deep then you need professional help and should see the doctor without any delay. They have the right knowledge and the assisting tools like the effective bandage, antiseptics and medicines and also the right gears like nitrile gloves, sterilised equipment and quality suture for treating the wound in the right way.

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