We've all had minor medical emergencies over the years while at home. Most of the time these things do not require us to go rushing off to the hospital or emergency room and can be taken care of using simple home remedies and a little grit and determination. That's what I want to talk about in this article today.
We've all cut ourselves at one time or another. Maybe you were chopping food, or maybe you were working on a home project out in the garage, or maybe you just slipped and fell and cut yourself on something. The fact of the matter remains that having a cut is not at all fun and especially if it's a deep cut you may need to go to the hospital to get stitches. Sometimes though, you can take care of yourself right at home.
A good rule of thumb is that if a cut is longer than 1 inch or big enough for you to see underlying tissue underneath the cut then you should really go to the hospital and seek professional help right away.
You do not want to wash the cut with hot water because hot water will dilate blood vessels and may actually increase the bleeding. At the same time, you do not want to use hydrogen peroxide to disinfect cuts because it can easily damage the tissue around the cut.
What you should do is use a lot of water pressure when you're cleaning at deep cut because it will spread the tissue apart and provide a much more thorough cleaning. Of course this is easier said than done because spraying yourself with a lot of water hurts like heck but sometimes you just have to grit your teeth and bear it.
You definitely want to use cool or tepid water when you're cleaning a cut. Also you're really going to want to pour water over the cut for two or three minutes which again is easier said than done!
Also be sure to wash the cut with soap to prevent infection. Any type of regular bath soap is okay but I really would stay away from the fancier soaps that have added ingredients. Basic regular soap is what we want here.
Once you've washed and cleaned the wound be sure to apply pressure with gauze or, if you do not have gauze, a clean cloth of some sort. Applying pressure will hopefully stop the bleeding.
One thing to keep in mind, and this is very important, is that if the area around a cut turns numb or starts to turn blue in color then you should get to hospital emergency room as soon as possible. Blueness or numbness usually means that a nerve or a major blood vessel might have been damaged which means you can not really take care of it on your own and need professional help.
So there you have several ways to correctly and incorrectly treat a deep cut. I know that very often we do not want to hassle with doctors and hospitals and we definitely do not want to pay the additional expense, but sometimes it's better safe than sorry and you should just go see your doctor when you cut yourself.