What are cuts & abrasions?
Cuts and abrasions are wounds that cause your
skin to break. Cuts can be caused by sharp object such as knives,
glass splinters. brasions are caused when your skin rubs against
a hard surface and it breaks. Small cuts called scratches may be
caused by needle or thorns.
What happen when we get a cut?
Well, since the skin is pierced, bleeding
occurs as blood vessels in the skin are broken. This bleeding stops
within a few minutes and the blood forms a clot. This clot then
dries up and become a scab. The scab usually falls of within a week
or two. This scab helps the skin to heal underneath it and new skin
is seen when the scab falls off. If you pick at the scab earlier
the wound may again start bleeding and would take longer time to
heal. The new skin initially may look lighter but within a few months
becomes of the same color as that of your normal skin.
should I do if I get a cut or an abrasion?
The first thing is to stop the bleeding. Press
the bleeding area with a clean, soft cloth. Once the bleeding stops,
wash the wound with running water and apply a Band-Aid (if the cut
is small) or an antibiotic (pronounced as N- T - bye - O - tick)
cream on the wound. Your doctor may also give you an injection to
prevent tetanus if you haven't received it before.
For deep cuts consult your doctor immediately as may require stitches to stop the bleed.
"Oh, my tantrums of its and but
That a knife one-day gave me a cut
And doctor said injection was a must"