5 Simple Tips for DIY Injury Recovery and Treatment
Accidents can happen anytime, anywhere, even at home. If you’ve ever experienced hitting your little toe on a door or get your knees scraped after falling, then you know how painful or mildly inconvenient the wounds can be. Before anything else, it is important to seek medical treatment where you can see an actual doctor if you have serious injuries.
If you’re here for mild scrapes, cuts, minor burns, or recovering from an injury after going to the hospital or clinic, you’ve come to the right place. There are simple yet effective ways that can help wounds heal faster. Here are DIY tips and tricks to make recovery and treatment more comfortable.
Abrasions are minor skin injuries that involve friction of the skin, and they are shallow and usually involve only the top layer of the skin or epidermis. One of the common causes of abrasion is unintentionally rubbing the skin against a rough or smooth surface at high speed. Minor scrapes are painful, and there can be minimal to no bleeding. Thankfully, those can be treated at home.
The proper first aid for abrasions is to keep the area clean and prevent it from further rubbing to avoid reopening the wound. You will want to get rid of debris stuck in the wound and then apply an antiseptic to clean the area. Cover it with a clean bandage, and repeat the steps mentioned so it will heal with no problems. Most minor abrasion wounds don’t take long to heal.
Occasional nosebleeds happen for several reasons, and it’s usually not that serious. Most of the time, the bleeding stops on its own. To avoid getting the blood from dripping down your clothes, you can lean your head forward. Press the affected nostril with a tissue or washcloth and hold for at least five minutes.
You should go to the doctor if the bleeding hasn’t stopped after more than 15 minutes. If there is a lot of bleeding, go to the emergency room.
Getting a splinter is more annoying than it is concerning because you need to get it out before you can start treating it. If you see a visible splinter sticking out, use a pair of tweezers to carefully grab the splinter and then put it out in the same angle to avoid breakage. Clean the skin using a cotton ball dipped in alcohol.
If the splinter is under the skin, you’ll need some assistance or moral support for this. Clean a needle and tweezers with alcohol. Scrape the skin using the needle until you can see the splinter. Grab the end and pull it out then clean.
Cuts (Bleeding and Nonbleeding)
If the wound is large, unusually deep, or bleeding profusely, you need to seek medical treatment right away. While waiting for the ambulance, you can rinse the wound with water and apply pressure using sterile gauze or clean cloth. If the blood soaks through the bandage, apply another one as needed, and keep applying pressure.
For non-serious cuts, take care to wash your hands before treating the wound to avoid infection. Small cuts that bleed usually stop on their own, but you can apply gentle pressure to end the bleeding.
Clean the wound by running it under water and putting soap around it, then apply an antibiotic ointment to help it heal. Keep the surface moist to prevent scars. Cover the wound if you have to, but if it’s just a minor cut, you don’t have to.
Mild Sprains and Strains
If you’re experiencing trouble moving a connecting joint that is bruised, swelling, and causing you pain, then there’s a good chance it’s a sprain. A strain, on the other hand, occurs to the muscles or tendons that are attached to bones, like the back or hamstring muscles. A strain can cause weakness, muscle cramps, pain, and trouble with moving the muscle.
When these kinds of minor injuries happen, you are recommended to rest the affected limb. Ice it down as needed but only up to 20 minutes at a time. Wrap an elastic bandage or splint around the sprain or strain to keep it from moving and reduce the pressure. Make sure to prop the injured limb on pillows to keep it raised.
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