What is the effective way to treat a cut? This is the first question that popped in my mind when I accidentally had a cut on my index finger. It is not just a cut, but a deep cut.
The accident happened on the first week of the month of this year. It is about eight in the morning when I visited my mom’s house just beside our home. My brother and mother is not home so I took care in feeding their pet cats. The two cats named Pepita and Spot hurriedly went to the door when I opened it.
My brother has different cat food stocks at home. They have Royal Canin Hair and Skin care dry food, Whiskas pouch, and some can goods for the cat. Since I had given them dry food last night, I picked the cat can good.
It is an easy open can cat food. After opening the can, I immediately feed the two pets. I do not want smelly trash so I washed the cans. To my surprise, I accidentally had a deep cut on my right index finger because my finger slipped through the edge of the can.
Then blood burst through the affected part of my finger. I have a high tolerance to pain so it is not that painful at all. The first aid for wounds and cut is to wash the area with a clean running water. You can use a hydrogen peroxide before dressing or covering the wound.
First, what I did is I applied a Betadine antiseptic solution. I covered the cut with a gauze and bandage. Although it is not that painful on my part, but I am worried for the healing process. I am approaching the season of my work so this I need this finger to work at its best during the season of my work.
The next day I went to the clinic. I asked the doctor how to heal wounds faster. The doctor advised to suture the cut. The problem is the surgeon is not available that day. To protect me against infection caused by bacteria called Clostridium tetani, the doctor administered the Anti Tetanus vaccine and prescribed antibiotics. The nurse injected the vaccine in my left arm. After the injection, my left arm feels heavy.
I asked the nurse if there is anything I should prepare or can I request for a schedule, but she just told me that is is a first come, first serve basis.
I went back the next day. It was so funny to say that this clinic didn’t advise me to prepare some documents because I will be using my health card. So, the surgeon just referred me to a nearby hospital and told me to go the Emergency Room. A series of transfers and waiting.
At the Asian hospital and medical center, we went directly to the emergency room. A few moments, the emergency medicine doctor, Dr. Russell Young examined my wound. He told me that the cut is drying up and beginning to heal. If he proceeds to suture the cut, the affected area would be wounded again.
As a result, I decided not to suture the cut. He just cleaned the wound with Hydrogen Peroxide, wipe it dry, then reinforced skin closures through the use of a Steri-Strip. This is the first time that I have used it. He advised to keep my index finger dry. The 3M Steri-strip naturally loosens and you just need to use another one.
After seven days, I am so glad that my wound continues to heal. In the photo above, the right side shows signs of healing. There may be a tiny gap but I am thankful for the power of healing. To date, it is still healing inside and I am still using the Steri-Strip until such time that I am confident that all the wounded skin are closed and healed.
Effective Way to Treat a Cut
- If you cut yourself, apply pressure. To deep cut or severe bleeding, go directly to the Emergency Room.
- Clean the wound. You can wash it with a clean water or use hydrogen peroxide.
- Use antibiotic ointment. (At home, we have Fucidin)
- Cover the wound. (Use a sterile gauze and bandage) . If you have a cut like in the photo above, use a Steri-strip. You can also use a 3M Nexcare waterproof transparent dressing with pad.
- Take vitamin C and more nutritious foods to help with body repair and fast healing.
- Replace the dressing and pad, if needed at least one to two days.
I hope that I helped you with the effective way to treat a cut or on how to heal wounds faster.