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.