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Dealing with Minor Injuries: First Aid Guide


First aid encompasses not only serious accidents but also addressing minor injuries. This guide explores various minor injuries and how to provide initial care.

1. Dealing with Minor Cuts

Minor cuts can be managed easily:

  • Clean the wound area.
  • Apply a plaster.
  • Monitor for possible infection.

2. Handling Blisters

Blisters can result from ill-fitting shoes or friction:

  • Keep the area clean and dry.
  • Pat it dry; do not rub to avoid bursting.
  • Cover with a plaster to reduce friction.
  • Consider changing footwear if the cause persists.

3. Coping with Workplace Blisters

Blisters can occur at work, such as from using tools:

Key Points:

  • Avoid bursting blisters to prevent infection.

4. Treating Small Scratches

Small scratches require minimal care:

  • Check for dirt in the wound.
  • Clean the wound.
  • Consider using a plaster.

5. Removing Splinters

Splinters may be caused by wood, metal, or plastic:

  • Remove by pushing from the base gently.
  • Clean the area once the splinter is out.
  • Plaster application may be optional.
  • If unable to remove, seek medical help.

6. Handling Thorns

Thorns can usually be pulled out with tweezers:

Key Points:

  • Ensure the entire thorn is removed.
  • Check for signs of infection in the following days.

7. Addressing Cut Lips

Cut lips may not always require a plaster:

  • Instruct the patient to hold a dressing over the wound until bleeding stops.
  • Advise them to avoid talking, which can reopen the wound.
  • Cut lips typically heal quickly.

8. Treating Cuts Inside the Mouth

Cuts inside the mouth can be handled with care:

  • Use cotton wool or dressing to apply direct pressure.
  • Assist in controlling bleeding.