First Aid Tips: 3 Things You Should Never Do
Your negligence in taking care of a cut, wound or burn could mean serious skin infections. You must follow these first aid tips.
Don't wash your cut or wound with an antibacterial soap
- Cover your wound with a band-aid or it will get infected
- Antibacterial soaps have toxic chemicals that can harm you
- Don't put any greasy things on your burn or it will delay healing
Here are 3 things you should never do to your cut, burn or wound or run the risk of doing permanent damage:
1. Use antibacterial soap to clean the wound
Most such soaps either have hexachlorophene, an antibacterial chemical that is proven to cause brain damage in children, or they may have triclosan, another chemical that causes chemical imbalances and growth of a certain bacteria that is drug-resistant and can cause cancers. It's best to clean your wound with mild soap and lot of water or dab a hydrogen peroxide based liquid on it.
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2. Letting your skin after 'breathe' after getting a cut
While oxygen is important for the healing, ointments like hydrogen peroxide have enough oxygen that often bubbles and heals the skin. Leaving your cut open without putting a band-aid over it or not covering it in cotton dressing will make it a site for infection as bacteria will have easy access to enter the body. New cells need moisture to grow so dryness due to keeping your wound open will also prevent healing. Additionally, even washing your wound after you fall down on a ground that is muddy to let it breathe is a bad idea unless first aid is immediately available.
3. Put any cream, oil or butter on a burn
Even putting water on an open burn will give a chance to bacteria to enter the skin and cause infections. Anything greasy is also bad as it will keep the heat in, preventing the site from getting healed and can also cause infections. Using ice cold water is also a no-no because that can damage the tissue. You can use aloe-vera and dry cotton dressing to clean and cover the burn.
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