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Caring for cuts and grazes:

  • If a cut or graze is deep or severe, it’s important to see your GP or visit your local A&E department. For minor cuts and grazes there’s a lot you can do to help stop infection and speed up the healing process.
  • The basics come first. Make sure you wash your hands well before applying plasters or dressings. Better still, add a few pairs of disposable gloves to your first aid kit – wearing them really cuts the risk of infection.
  • Clean the wound carefully under cold running water, wiping away any dirt and grit.
  • If anything is embedded under the skin, leave it alone, then visit your GP or local A&E.
  • If nothing is embedded, apply pressure until the bleeding stops.
  • Dry the skin around the wound carefully.
  • Cover and protect.