Ever scraped a knee or cut yourself accidentally while slicing an apple? While nobody can predict these accidents from happening, the next best thing to do is to learn how to treat wounds. It’s a simple drill, but you can use this to help yourself and others.
Know your wounds
First things first, get to know what you’re up against! Wounds may come in different types and sizes, but they will generally require the same kind of first aid treatment. A severed part may be difficult to treat without medical help, but most of the wounds that you’ll encounter should fall under the minor types:
Abrasion happens when your skin scrapes or rubs against a rough surface. The wound is light but may cover more area, especially if you fell on concrete ground. Cleaning should be done ASAP since the wound may have debris or foreign particles.
- A puncture is a small hole caused by something pointy like a nail, needle, or pin. A piercing nail may seem harmless but 2 things should be remembered for this kind of wound: a rusty or contaminated object may require a tetanus shot and a deeper puncture may affect the inner tissue layer.
- An incision is a thin and straight cut caused by something sharp. Usually, you’d think of a knife or broken glass as a culprit for this. If the cut is deeper, then there will be more bleeding.
- A laceration is a deep and forceful tearing of the skin and tissues caused by the mishandling of a knife or work tools. The severe version of a laceration will require stitches.
Time to fix that wound
Getting to know the types of wounds is the first step, and now here comes the actual work:
Wash your hands. You’ll be dealing with an open wound that is prone to infection, so best to start with clean hands. Gloves are optional.
Apply pressure. If the wound is bleeding, you’ll need to add mild pressure using a clean gauze or cloth. Your goal is to stop the bleeding.
Clean the wound immediately with Octenisept antiseptic spray. The spray moistens the entire area, cleans the wound, and prevents infections and germs from spreading. It also speeds up the wound healing process, so you achieve both disinfection and treatment with just one spray.
Octenisept antiseptic conveniently comes in a quick-to-use spray bottle, so you won’t need to find water or gauze to clean the wound. Octenisept is also painless, making it safe for kids and babies.
Apply Octenisept wound gel. The wound gel continues to keep the area moist, wards off infections and prevents scarring. Octenisept offers all-around and sting-free protection as it accelerates the healing of the wound without the risk of germs. Use it once or twice a day on the wound until it is fully healed.
Cover the wound (if needed). A minor scrape can be left without a bandage. You may need to cover up bigger wounds or if the wound is in an area prone to movement, dirt, or rubbing. Remember to change the covering once a day or whenever it gets dirty or wet.
Other things to remember:
Don’t pick on your scab because this will delay the healing process and may re-introduce new infections to a healing wound. Also, you’ll most likely leave a scar, which is something you’ll regret in the long run.
If you have a puncture wound or burn, you may consult with your doctor if a tetanus shot is required.
Octenisept antiseptic spray and Octenisept wound gel work wonders on instant wound disinfection while speeding up the healing process—minus the sting. They’re also compact enough to stash in any first aid kit or bag. Be a wound cleaning hero with these two!