Burns, cuts and scrapes are part and parcel of an active life and they can be difficult to avoid. Many minor mishaps can be treated with self-care, though a wound can be dangerous if it becomes infected or causes you to lose a lot of blood. If any wound doesn’t heal within a week or so, it’s best to get professional medical help right away.

Caring For Cuts and Scrapes

First, control the bleeding by applying direct pressure to a cut or scrape. Small puncture wounds should be allowed to stop bleeding by itself, unless it bleeds heavy. This tends to naturally clean out the puncture wound. Disinfect and remove foreign objects by gently washing the wound with lukewarm water and mild soap. Small puncture wounds should be soaked in warm, soapy water for a few minutes, and this procedure should be done at least twice a day until it fully heals.

The edges of a cut can be held together by applying a butterfly bandage. Small puncture wounds need to be covered with gauze in order to absorb drainage and let the wound breathe as it heals. For minor scrapes or cuts, it’s advised to appl a taped piece of clean gauze or an adhesive bandage.

Caring For Burns

The first step is to immediately cool the burn or else the skin will keep holding the heat. You can then apply a piece of clean cloth soaked in cold water, submerge the burnt area in a full bucket or sink, or place the affected area under a steady, gentle stream of cold water. Once the skin is cooled down, clean and cover the burn with loose dressing.

Managing Pain and Itching

The healing process for burns, cuts and scrapes can be painful and itchy. An anesthetic cream like Lidum 4% immediately relieves pain and itching due to these minor injuries and it also offers relief for insect bites, skin irritations and hair removal as well. Make sure that you choose an anesthetic cream that has a good list of ingredients, such as natural aloe vera and 4% Lidocaine, which is a powerful anesthetic that blocks pain by numbing the pathway where pain signals travel.