human body


Question by  elsewhen (627)

What should I do about an infected cut?


Answer by  stphaniecostello87 (159)

An infected cut may need medical attention, but can usually be healed at home. Simply wash the cut thoroughly with soap and warm water. Apply an antibacterial ointment such a Neosporin and bandage. Change the bandage if it becomes wet. Air the wound a couple times a day.


Answer by  Anonymous

i have an infected cut and went to doctor, he said the best thing for infected cuts, is always warm water and soap only, (but because mine is a dog bite and my finger is also fractured he gave me antibiotics to take 4 times a day)


Answer by  Anonymous

First off, don't trust your health to strangers on the internet. Thanks to WebMD, Wikipedia, and Google, everyone and their brother thinks they're a doctor. However, if you insist on taking strangers' advice, mine would be clean with warm WATER, nothing else, and use antiseptic ointment like Neosporin. Doctor Recommended.


Answer by  Anonymous

the best thing to do is scrub it for 10 minutes, dial soap and warm water are best. Then use a little hydrogenperoxide on it until the foam weakens, neosporin and a bandage are all that's left. avoid cold weather, and see a doctor if it does not get better


Answer by  Anonymous

Wash the infected cut with water, and use a cotton swab or pad (depending on size) carefully douse it in peroxide the white foam mean there is bacteria in the cut wash and repeat until foam is gone then bandage with sterile gauze.

posted by Anonymous
DON\'T use peroxide. The bubbling is NOT the peroxide killing bacteria, it\'s a chemical reaction that kills germs AND healthy cells alike. It is a very common at home remedy that is a BAD choice!  add a comment
posted by Anonymous
More accurately, the bubbling reaction is your body trying its hardest to get rid of the hydrogen peroxide before it kills your cells; either way, hydrogen peroxide kills the cells that are working to close up the wound!  add a comment
posted by Anonymous
White foam does not mean bacteria is present. White foam (H2O & O2) is the result of a reaction between the catalase released from damaged skin cells and the hydrogen peroxide itself.  add a comment
posted by Anonymous
You people are all wrong! Peroxide closes small wounds and prevents them from bleeding. The bubbles ARE the peroxide cleaning the cut! Don't say anything if you don't know what you're talking about!
PS: I don't mean to sound rude...  add a comment
posted by Anonymous
Uh, yes you do sound rude and uneducated because those who made the comment about the peroxide reacting to the skin were correct. do not use peroxide. you are giving people bad advice.  add a comment
posted by Anonymous
i am a doctor and i agree that it is a very bad move to make. Peroxide will kill all the cells that are triying to help you.  add a comment

Answer by  John (9008)

The safest choice is to go and see a doctor as soon as possible. You cannot know, on your own, how bad the infection is. If you are not able to see a professional, be sure to keep the curt as clean as possible and keep a bandage on it. Antibiotic ointment can also help.


Answer by  somerset (801)

I treated a cut on my thumb by dipping it into as hot water bath as I could handle. I would dip it, hold, usually only seconds because the temperature was too high, and repeat. The hot, nearly boiling water killed all of the bacteria that would have caused infection.

posted by Anonymous
this is not true. you got lucky. bacteria are more resistant to heat than your skin is. In order to kill the bacteria, you would have scalded your skin off. All you really did was warm them up!  add a comment
posted by Anonymous
i dont think i would recommend this treatment because it will also damage healthy human cells, compounding the problem.  add a comment

Answer by  failtorespond (41)

You should clean the cut very carefully, and make sure to wash with soap and water. Apply a bandage to the cut and make sure to keep it clean. If pain and redness persist you should visit your local doctor.

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