(HealthDay News) -- When you get a cut or scrape, proper care can help reduce the risk of infection and speed healing.
The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these tips:
- Use cool water to clean any cut, scrape or puncture.
- Gently clean the skin surrounding the wound with soap and a washcloth. Try not to get soap inside the wound to avoid irritation.
- If there is dirt in the wound after washing, use tweezers sterilized with rubbing alcohol to carefully remove it.
- If the wound isn't likely to rub against something or get dirty, leave it dry and uncovered to help it heal.