What Are Minor Lacerations And How Do You Treat Them?
Lacerations are basically tears in the skin that are caused due to injuries. In minor lacerations, the pain and bleeding are minimal, there is no tingling or numbness at the site of the injury and the tear usually does not go through the entire layer of the skin. You can usually treat the wound at home and do not need to see a doctor. If there is excessive pain and bleeding and you can see the tendons or bones through the skin cuts, then it is a more serious injury and it may require medical intervention.
Minor lacerations are extremely common, especially in childhood. If your child has fallen down while playing and is bleeding and scared and you are nervous about cleaning the wound, come to Owl Now Urgent Care immediately. We are available to help with all after hour emergency needs.
How to Treat Minor Lacerations at Home
1. Clean the Wound
When treating a wound of this type, the first thing to do is to keep it clean. Wash the wound and the surrounding area with warm water or saline. This helps remove any dirt or debris from the area and helps prevent infection in a wound. Examine the laceration after the initial washing to make sure there is no remaining debris in the wound. The debris could be in the form of glass fragments, stones or wood splinters, depending on how and where the injury occurred.
2. Take Steps to Stop the Bleeding
An open wound will tend to bleed. The extent of the bleeding will depend on the type of wound and where it is located. Before you begin any other treatment, it is important to first stop the bleeding. This can be done by keeping a clean towel or gauze bandage pressed against the wound for about 5 to 15 minutes. Most minor wounds will stop bleeding by this time. If it still continues to bleed, it is best to seek immediate medical attention.
3. Apply an Antibiotic & Cover the Wound
Once the bleeding has stopped, apply an antibiotic ointment you have handy and then cover the laceration completely with a sterile gauze or bandage. Avoid using any material that is likely to stick to the wound as this could make things more complicated. For minor lacerations you should consider using a liquid bandage. This works like a glue for skin cuts. It holds the skin in place and closes the wound so it can heal. It also reduces the risk of infection.
If the bleeding still continues despite all the above measures, you should seek medical attention immediately.