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    Cuts and Grazes are a common type of injury and in most cases do not pose a threat to health.

    Most cuts and Grazes are minor and can be easily treated at home. Cleaning them thoroughly and covering them with a plaster or dressings is all that’s needed.

    Stopping the Bleeding

    If your cut or graze is bleeding heavily or is on a particularly delicate area of your body, such as the palm of your hand, you should stop the bleeding before applying any kind of dressing.

    Apply pressure to the area using a bandage or a towel. If the cut is to your arm, raise it above your head. If the injury is to a lower limb, lie down and raise the affected area above the level of your heart so the bleeding slows down and stops.

    Dressing & Painkillers

    To dress a cut or graze at home:

    • wash and dry your hands thoroughly
    • clean the wound under running a tap of water, but do not use antiseptic because it may damage the tissue and slow down healing
    • pat the area dry with a clean towel
    • apply a sterile adhesive dressing, such as a plaster

    The wound should heal by itself in a few days. If the wound is painful, you can take painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.