How to Disinfect a Wound

· November 18, 2014

When you hurt yourself, you have to treat the cut to prevent possible infections and serious consequences. Living things’ skin acts as a barrier to keep viruses and other harmful agents out of your body. If you hurt or injure yourself, bateria can get into the wound and then multiply inside the wound or near it, resulting in serious infections that can spread to your whole body. That’s why it’s so important to know how to clean any wound and clean it well.

Steps to disinfect a wound

Wash your hands

  • Before touching the wound and starting to clean it, you first need to wash your hands well with soap and water.
  • Boil water to sterilize the instruments that you need to treat the wound (tweezers, scissors, etc.).
  • Put on latex gloves to make sure the wound never comes into contact with your hands: contact might lead to infection.
  • If the wound isn’t very deep, simply wash it with soap and water (make sure it’s anti-bacterial soap). If it is deep, use another disinfectant type of solution (like hydrogen peroxide or chlorhexidine).
  • If you don’t have disinfectant on hand, you can easily make one: boil water and add salt. You can use iodine and rubbing alcohol around the wound to clean it. Don’t pour either directly on the wound since you might damage the tissue and delay normal recovery.
  • If the affected area is too contaminated by bits and pieces of things, use tweezers to pick them out and then clean the area.
  • After completely cleaning the wound, apply an anti-inflammatory (or a disinfectant or an antiseptic) to dry out the area and help rebuild the damaged tissue. If not the wound will take longer to recover.
  • Although it’s much better for the wounds to heal in contact with the air, sometimes they need to be protected to be able to close completely. For those wounds, use gauze or any other soft and hypoallergenic fabric to protect the area. Change the dressing every day. That way you can check it every time and see if the wound needs more humidity or needs to dry out. You’ll guarantee complete treatment for your skin and your body.