Even a seemingly minor incident can have big consequences on your health. You might be surprised at the number of people who need medical attention for wounds that seem small, but which actually turn out to be more serious than they thought. In many cases, you can treat sprains or bleeding and burn wounds at home with simple measures like rest and ice, but it’s smart to get checked out by a doctor whenever possible. We’ll take a look at how to do this in this article.
Resting is an important part of any treatment plan for any kind of injury. Resting can help reduce pain and swelling, prevent further injury, and speed up the healing process. In this section, we will talk about resting for sprains, bleeding wounds, and burn wounds.
Ice is one of the most popular home remedies for treating sprains, burns and bleeding wounds. Here are some examples of how to properly apply ice: To treat a sprain: Wrap ice in a towel and place it on your ankle for 20 minutes at a time. Repeat four times per day until your pain subsides. To treat a burn: Soak an ice pack in water and place it directly on the burn for 15-20 minutes at a time, repeating every 2 hours until the pain subsides. You may also submerge an injured limb in cool water (ice packs are not recommended due to risk of hypothermia). To treat bleeding wounds: Cover with sterile gauze and hold down firmly until bleeding stops; reapply as needed until able to seek medical attention
Compression is the application of pressure to a wound to stop bleeding. To apply compression, wrap a bandage around the wound. Compressions should be applied for at least 48 hours following an injury, then as needed. Be sure to check in with your doctor before continuing with this treatment so as not to cause yourself more harm than good! The bandage should be tight enough that it slows down blood flow from leaking out of the injury site but without squeezing it closed completely—think “firmly but not tightly.”
Elevate the injured area above the level of your heart to help reduce swelling and pain. Do not elevate the injured area if you have a head or neck injury. Elevation can sometimes help reduce bleeding, especially if it’s a deep wound that’s bleeding heavily.
Wash the wound with soap and water. Rinse the wound with clean water. Use a sterile bandage to cover the wound. Cover it with a sterile dressing, if possible. Keep it dry and keep it covered until you see your healthcare provider again.*
Once the wound is clean and dry, apply direct pressure to stop any bleeding. This will keep you safe from germs and help prevent infection. To apply direct pressure: Use a clean cloth or dressing. A clean cloth works best at absorbing blood and keeping germs out of the wound. Apply pressure directly onto the wound with gentle but firm pressure for 10 minutes or until bleeding stops. If there’s no improvement after 10 minutes, reapply for another 10 minutes or until you see some signs that it’s starting to heal (it should start looking pinkish instead of red). If there’s still no improvement after 20 minutes, go see your doctor right away!
Dress the wound. This not only helps to prevent infection, but it helps to keep the wound clean until you can see a medical professional. You can use any of these options: bandages and dressings; gauze and sterile cloths; topical antibiotics; non-stick pads, which are placed directly on the skin around the wound itself.
Cool the burn with a cold compress or ice pack. Apply the cold compress or ice pack to the area for 10 minutes and then remove it for 5 minutes before reapplying again. Do this several times in a row until the pain subsides. Do not apply ice directly to the skin, as this can cause additional damage. Do not apply ice directly to the burn, as this could cause further damage and delay healing time for some burns
If you have a sprained ankle, wrap the bandage around your foot and ankle above the point of injury. If you have a sprained wrist, wrap the bandage around your hand and wrist above the point of injury.
If you have a burn or cut that is bleeding a lot, you should put a cold compress on it. A cold compress will stop the bleeding and help your body to heal faster. You should use a cold compress if your burn or cut is on your face, hands or feet. You should also use one if the burn or cut is in your chest or stomach area.
If you can, it’s best to get to a doctor. They have the proper tools and equipment needed to clean wounds, bandage them up so they don’t get infected, give you advice on how to take care of it at home, and possibly even prescribe medicine if your injury needs treatment. However, if you’re in a situation where getting medical attention is not an option (maybe because of financial reasons or location), there are some things at home that can help with treating these types of injuries: Sprained ankle – Apply ice packs for 10 minutes every hour until swelling goes down. Take ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) as prescribed by your physician before bedtime to reduce pain and swelling while sleeping. If possible apply compression wraps around your ankle and wear supportive shoes/boots all day long as this will help keep it stable while healing takes place over time between ice treatments during waking hours. Bleeding gums – Be sure not brush too hard with toothpaste because brushing too hard may cause bleeding gums. Burns – Put aloe vera gel on burned skin several times daily until healed completely; avoid sun exposure until healed completely; apply sunscreen before going out into sun again even though there may still be some coloration left over from previous burn. Wounds – Wash hands thoroughly before dressing any wound with pressure dressing material such as gauze pads wrapped around injured area and secured firmly but not too tight so blood flow isn’t cut off from circulation system; change dressing regularly.
We’ve gone over some great steps you can take if you experience a wound of any kind, from sprains and bleeding cuts to burns. Please remember that these are for minor wounds only, and if your injury falls into the serious category, you should go to the emergency room immediately. We hope this article has helped you feel more confident about knowing how to deal with something like this in the future.