Minor cuts and grazes

What is it and how can I treat it?

Cuts and grazes are some of the most common injuries and most cuts and grazes can    be easily treated at home.

Minor cuts and grazes (where only the surface layer of skin is cut or scraped off) may    bleed and feel slightly painful, but the affected area will normally scab over and    heal quickly.

However, if the cut is in an area that is constantly moving, such as your knee joint,    it may take longer to heal.

Depending on how deep the cut is and where it is on your body, a scar may remain    once the cut has healed.

Most cuts and grazes require cleaning and covering with a dressing or a plaster.

If your cuts or grazes are bleeding heavily or is on a delicate area of skin such    as the palm of your hand it is best to stop the bleeding by applying pressure to    the wound.  You can use a towel for this.

To dress the wound make sure it is cleaned with a sterile saline solution or by running    under the tap. Make sure the area is dry and then apply a sterile dressing or plaster.

If you are unsure how serious your injury is, or if it has not healed after a few    days, see your GP. Always seek medical advice if:

  • your injury does not stop bleeding or is on a joint crease (go straight to an accident    and emergency department if this is the case)
  • your injury is very large or very deep
  • your injury was caused by a bite
  • there is something in your cut or graze, such as grit

For further information visit www.nhs.uk