Is it necessary to use a bandage for every cut and wound?

Is it a good practice to use a bandage for every injury or wound? Our expert Dr Aarti answers the question.

The moment you get a cut or suffer an injury, you immediately use a bandage even before consulting a doctor. With fancy printed bandages like Chota Bheem, angry birds or Disney Fairies available, even kids are fascinated to use them for even simple scratches. But is it safe to use bandages for every single injury? Here s what our expert Dr Aarti Ullal, General Physician, Mumbai, has to say.

Whether to use a bandage or not depends on the severity of the injury and the type of the wound. If you have a small cut or a scratch, use a medicated bandage which is available over-the-counter (OTC). However, some injuries or wounds might need proper dressing and antibiotics, rather than applying a bandage. If there is bleeding due to a cut or the injury is severe, consult your doctor immediately. Not just bandage, here are 10 essential items that a first-aid kit must have!

If you have suffered scratches or bruises, wash the area clean with tap water. Now, pat it dry with a towel and apply a bandage. You can even use soap or a disinfectant solution to clean the wound before applying a bandage. You can also use antibiotic ointments like ciprofloxacin or neomycin powder/ointment to treat minor wounds and prevent skin infections. However, avoid using kitchen ingredients like coffee powder or turmeric on the wound as the first line of treatment for wounds, cuts or burns is to sterilise the area.Here are few more things you need to keep in mind before using a bandage

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  • If the injury is severe or the wound is deep, consult your doctor, as in some cases, it might require proper dressing and sutures.
  • If the cut or wound is due to a nail, copper wire, glass piece or manja (thread used to tie kites), it is wise to get an anti-tetanus injection at the earliest to prevent any infections in the future. Also read about first aid for cuts and bleeding.
  • An injury can also cause accumulation of pus, which in turn increases your risk of infections. In such cases, consult your doctor to clean the discharge and use a medicated bandage to prevent any further infection.
  • In the case of burns, severe cut or bleeding, immediately consult a doctor.
  • Your doctor might prescribe oral antibiotics in case of severe injury or bruise. But avoid taking these drugs on your own as it might not be needed in every case. Here are 10 things you should keep in mind when you are on antibiotics.

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