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7/08/2019

How to Stop Wound Bleeding Properly

Most wounds cause bleeding. If not stopped, bleeding can cause various complications, including infection. To prevent this, you need to know how to stop the right bleeding .
 
Bleeding can occur in cuts or scratches. In small wounds, mild bleeding that occurs can stop by itself. But in wounds that are quite large and deep, there are several ways you need to do to stop bleeding.


How to stop bleeding in a wound

Here's how to stop wound bleeding that you can do at home:
 

1. Wash hands first

Before stopping bleeding, the first thing you should do is wash your hands . Washing hands can prevent wounds from being infected due to contamination of germs from dirty hands.
 

2. Apply pressure to the wound area

After washing your hands, the next thing you can do is press the area of ​​the wound with a clean cloth, tissue, or gauze to stop the bleeding. However, avoid pressing the wound too hard.
 

3. Lift the wound area slightly upwards

If possible, lift the wound area that has bleeding slightly upward, higher than the chest, to slow bleeding.
 

4. Clean the wound

After pressing the wound to stop bleeding, you can clean the wound area with water and soap to remove the dirt that is still attached. Avoid using antiseptic substances, such as hydrogen peroxide , because they can cause irritation and make injuries worse.
 

5. Cover the wound with a bandage or gauze

If the wound is in an area that is easily dirty, such as hands, or easily exposed to friction, such as the knee area, cover the wound with a waterproof bandage. Replace the bandages every day and immediately when dirty or wet, to keep the wound clean and dry.
 

6. Apply antibiotic ointment

Apply a small amount of antibiotic ointment if the wound looks dirty, to prevent infection and speed up the wound healing process. In some people, the use of antibiotic ointments can trigger rashes and allergic reactions. Therefore, always check the doctor before using it.
 
If your bleeding does not stop even though you have done the above methods, especially if there are signs of infection, such as red, swollen, painful, and suppurating, immediately consult a doctor to get the right treatment.

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