Wounds can occur at any time, and while some require medical attention, others can be safely and effectively treated at home. Knowing what type of wound you can treat at home can save you time, and money, and even prevent unnecessary visits to the doctor. However, it's essential to note that if a wound is deep, bleeding heavily, or shows signs of infection, seek medical attention immediately. Whether or not you end up needing to see the doctor, starting treatment with Trifectiv Plus Wound & Burn Care at home is always a good first step - this will reduce the chance of infection, minimise pain and accelerate the healing process.
1. Minor cuts and abrasions
These are shallow wounds that usually happen when you cut yourself while using sharp objects, such as knives or scissors, or when you scrape your skin against a rough surface. These wounds typically stop bleeding quickly and can be treated at home with proper cleaning and dressing. However, it's important to note that if the wound is deep and the bleeding does not stop after applying pressure, seek medical attention.
To treat minor cuts and abrasions at home, rinse the wound with lukewarm water that contains some liquid cleanser (bubble bath works well). Then rinse with clean water and pat dry (gently). Spray the wound thoroughly with Trifectiv Plus Wound & Burn Care and cover it with a few layers of non-sterile woven surgical gauze that have been sprayed until wet through with Trifectiv Plus. Use a breathable dressing to hold the gauze in place. Keeping the wound clean and moist with Trifectiv Plus is essential to prevent infection, which can otherwise lead to further complications. The wound can also be left undressed, in this case, spray regularly with Trifectiv Plus Wound & Burn Care.
This is another type of wound that can be treated at home, but only if they are superficial or with blisters. Superficial burns only affect the top layers of the skin and the burn site will appear red, painful and dry, and will have no blisters. Partial-thickness burns look red and blistered and the area may be swollen and painful. Remember that a burn will progress over time so may be difficult to classify straight away, but starting treatment quickly is advisable.
To treat burns at home start by cooling the burn with cool running water for 10-15 minutes, then apply 3-5 layers of woven surgical gauze wet with Trifectiv Plus directly to the burn. Hold this in place with a crepe bandage or breathable dressing. If the burn forms blisters don't pop these, rather cover them with gauze wet with Trifectiv Plus to prevent infection. Repeat these dressings daily. It's essential to note that if the skin is white, black or charred then this is a more severe burn, if it covers a large area of the body, or shows signs of infection then seek medical attention immediately. In children, a single layer of non-medicated paraffin gauze can be applied to the burn before the wetted gauze. This will prevent any discomfort or pain when changing the dressing.
These are another type of wound that can be successfully treated at home. Bruises occur when small blood vessels under the skin break and bleed. Applying an ice pack to the affected area for 20 minutes every two to three hours for the first 24 to 48 hours can help reduce swelling and pain. If the bruise is on a limb, elevate the area to reduce swelling.
It's important to note that if the bruise is severe, covers a large area of the body, or is accompanied by severe pain or swelling, seek medical attention immediately.
4. Minor insect bites & stings
Most insect bites and stings are minor and can be treated at home. However, if the person who has been bitten or stung has trouble breathing, has any swelling of the face, mouth, or throat, or experiences severe pain, seek medical attention immediately as they may be having an allergic reaction. Snake or scorpion bites need to be treated at a hospital unless you are absolutely sure the snake or scorpion was not venomous. Time is of the essence.
To treat minor insect bites and stings at home, wash the affected area with liquid cleanser and water and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling and pain. Spray the area repeatedly throughout the day with Trifectiv Plus Wound & Burn Care to reduce the itching, pain, swelling and redness.
5. Minor head injuries such as cuts, bumps, or bruises
These can also be treated at home with a cold compress to reduce swelling and pain. If the area has cuts or abrasions, then spray Trifectiv Plus Wound & Burn Care onto the wound regularly throughout the day. If there are any signs of a concussion, such as loss of consciousness, confusion, or a severe headache, seek medical attention immediately.
In conclusion, not every type of wound needs to be seen by a medical professional. With some simple steps, they can often be safely and effectively treated at home saving time and money. Having a bottle of Trifectiv Plus Wound & Burn Care in your first-aid kit will ensure that you reduce pain, minimise infection and get the healing process started quickly, even if you do end up needing to seek medical assistance.