Cuts are the most common injury on this list. They are usually caused by sharp objects and in most cases, are not serious. While we all know how to take care of our cuts, in practise, we don’t often put our knowledge to the test. It may seem futile to properly treat every little cut you get, considering how often these little mishaps happen, but in actuality proper treatment of wounds is crucial, lest they get infected. Five minutes of care is all it takes to properly protect your body against any infection.
For some people especially, cuts are far more dangerous than to others, for example, diabetic patients take longer to recover from simple wounds as the wound healing process slows down due to diabetes. Children pose a risk factor as well as they are prone to get dirt in open wounds or pick at the skin around their wounds. As a parent, you should always make sure to properly bandage up any wound your child suffers and teach them to continue this practise as they go.
Sometimes, in the case of deep cuts, the wound healing process can get complicated due to intensive bleeding. If you have suffered a deep cut that won’t stop bleeding, here’s what you should do:
The first step when dealing with deep cuts is to get the bleeding under control. Make use of a clean cloth or sterile cotton gauze to exert pressure on the wound. Make sure you do not use fibrous material so that no threads get stuck in the wound. If the gauze soaks up with blood, use a fresh cloth to apply pressure while keeping the first one in place.
Once the bleeding is under control, you can clean the wound by running it under cool water and then assess the severity of the cut. If the bleeding does not stop even after applying pressure, visit a doctor’s clinic immediately.
If the wound is manageable enough to treat at home, you can continue with the basic wound care procedures.
To sum up, here are the differences between skin lacerations, cuts, and abrasions.
- Cuts and lacerations merely caue splits in the skin, whereas in abrasions the top layer of skin gets removed completely.
- Cuts are usually even breaks in the skin whereas lacerations form jagged, uneven breaks.
- Abrasions form on the bony parts of our body, such as knees and elbows, whereas lacerations and cuts can be anywhere.
So there you have it. You now know how to tell the difference between skin lacerations, cuts and abrasions. The next time you suffer a mishap you’ll know exactly what you’re dealing with and how to go about treating it. Armed with this knowledge, you’ll be able to deal with every emergency situation with confidence.
Learn more about first aid and wound healing here: Wound Dressing 101 - For Faster and Effective Wound Healing