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Health Tip: Clean a Wound Carefully

Health Tip: Clean a Wound Carefully

01/25/12

(HealthDay News) -- When you get a cut, scrape or minor puncture wound, careful cleaning can help prevent an infection.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions for cleaning a minor wound:

  • Run cool water over the wound, either by pouring from a cup or holding the area under running water.
  • Using a soft washcloth and soap, gently clean the skin.
  • Avoid applying soap directly in the wound.
  • Clean a pair of tweezers with isopropyl alcohol, then use the tweezers to remove any dirt or debris in and around the wound.
  • Avoid using strong cleansing solutions such as hydrogen peroxide or iodine. Use plain water unless otherwise directed by a doctor.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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