How to Properly Care for Wounds and Minor Injuries

No one wants to ever be injured. It’s painful and can have complications. However, our skins are very much a penetrable service. No one is ever going to get through life without at least a small injury at some point.

First aid is a simple initial treatment that many people can understand. First aid is the method of treating wounds and injuries at the source. First aid is either going to treat small injuries or help with reducing the severity of more major wounds before more help can arrive.

Wound Dressing

Many people think that dressing a wound refers to the art of bandaging a wound. The truth is that wound dressing is something different. The wound dressing is what is actually directly applied to the wound. The bandage is used to hold the dressing in place

There are different types of dressings for different types of wounds. Burns obviously need a different type of dressing than a wound caused by an ulcer. Those that are necrotic can use a different type of dressing as well. The type of product you want to use will often be different, but it will give the wound the very best chance to heal.

Wound Infections

Infections will come as the result of incorrectly treating and dressing a wound. Some of these are avoidable and some are going to happen no matter how well treated the wound is. If you’ve been injured and feel you may have an infected wound, you can expect to experience the following symptoms:

  • Fevers - Unsurprisingly, running a fever is a symptom. The fever occurs as the body starts attempting to fight the infection.
  • Lack of Decrease in Pain - Usually pain after surgery or an injury is going to go down. However, if it stays the same or it gets worse, that’s a sure sign that an infection is forming or has already formed.
  • Unexpected Fluids - A lot of wounds will have fluid that drains from them. However infected fluids are cloudier. They might also have a terrible smell to them.

Burns

Burns can be a very dangerous injury and treatment of one quickly makes a big difference in potential damage to the skin. Burns come in three different levels of severity. Most people have suffered a first-degree burn at some point. The skin goes very red, but it manages to avoid blistering. A second-degree burn is more severe and it will form blisters and also goes beyond red to turning the skin white. The skin also thickens up. Third-degree burns are the most dangerous by far. These burns make the skin incredibly thick and it looks white and leathery. If these burns are spread out through any sort of area on a human being, they may end up having to receive treatment in a burn ward.

People think burns are only caused by heat and hot objects, but the truth is that there are also other ways to suffer burns. These are chemical and electrical burns. Treatment of these needs to begin immediately and has to have a medical professional presiding over it.

For less serious burns, you can start treating them on your own. Cold water should be the first step. Soaking the burn or keeping it under a continuous stream of cold water can make a big difference. After that, you may want to take some painkillers if you are sore and potentially apply some topical creams to the affected area that have soothing effects on the skin.

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