Cuts, Grazes and Wound Care
What is the difference between a cut, a graze, a wound or a laceration and how do you treat each injury?
In this article, we discuss the different types of injury and the best Leukoplast product to use.
A Deep Wound or Laceration
If you suffer a deep wound, there are certain things to consider;
- Can the edges of the wound be brought together?
- Are there any obvious signs of infection?
There are different ways to treat a deep wound but the 2 questions above need to be answered before considering the best treatment.
A laceration is often regarded as a deep cut or tear in the skin, this can be of varying size and depth.
Lacerations will often bleed for some time and so, you may require a dressing and a bandage which will act as a pressure pad and help to slow down the bleeding.
Cuts and Grazes
If the wound isn’t considered to be deep, then healing tends to be a lot quicker.
A small cut or graze will usually heal straightforwardly without any problems. Immediately after a cut or graze occurs, it will bleed, this will subside and normally stop with no or very little required treatment.
If there is evidence of dirt or gravel in the cut or graze then it is best to try and clean away as if left, the healing process will take longer.
Minor Burns and Scalds
There is a distinct difference between a burn and a scald;
- Burns are caused by dry heat such as an iron or fire.
- Scalds are caused by wet heat such as hot water or steam.
Both burns and scalds can be extremely painful and will often cause damage to the skin in the forms of, red peeling skin, blisters, swelling and charred skin.
Blisters are small pockets of fluid that usually form in the upper layers of the skin, they tend to heal without medical care within three to seven days, however, sometimes it is better to treat the blistered area to avoid further discomfort and possible infection.
The fluid in a blister will act as a cushion to protect the damaged tissue allowing the blister to heal quicker. The fluid in a blister is usually clear (known as serous) though it can also be blood (blood blister) or pus if an infection has set in.
Treatment Product Options
The strong adhesive on the Leukoplast strong ensures a secure fit but the perforated film lets air circulate. It also highly absorbent, plus water and dirt resistant.
Leukoplast Elastic is a latex free, flexible and comfortable plaster, designed for movement it securely fits fingers and joints so perfect for sport with the added benefit of strong adhesive ensuring that the plaster remains in place even with perspiration.
Conventional plasters are always prone to attracting bacteria, and this is a problem when carrying out household cleaning and even when you bathe or shower. The Leukoplast Barrier plaster minimises the risk of infection due to a unique substrate which helps keep bacteria away and is skin-friendly and breathable.
Leukoplast Aqua Pro has a transparent adhesive surface making it discreet and inconspicuous, even on bare skin. More importantly, the plaster helps to protect against secondary water born infections, including those found in swimming pools. The wound pad protects against maceration which also speeds up the healing process
Leukoplast Soft is a gentle and breathable dressing that is perfect for sensitive skin, it has a soft supple adhesive surface which sticks well to the skin. It is permeable to air and water vapour, which prevents moisture from building up under the dressing thus preventing skin maceration.
These colourful plasters (printed images are made using food colouring, so perfectly safe) are ideal for children, the absorbent, highly adhesive wound pad is breathable and also water repellent which is especially conducive to quick healing.