If you need to heal cuts and scrapes quickly, use these five methods to speed the healing of your wound. This article assumes you properly cleaned and dressed the cut or scrape initially, gently removing all dirt or gravel with soap and water. The following care instructions are helpful for speeding the healing of a cut or scrape after proper cleansing.
Keep the Cut or Scrape Moist
Many people think you should leave a cut or scrape exposed to the air so it forms a scab, but a hard scab actually slows new skin cell growth. If you apply an antibiotic ointment, such as Neosporin or Triple Antibiotic ointment, every morning and night, you'll keep the cut or scrape moist and yet protected from infection so that new skin cells can form quickly. You can apply tea tree essential oil, Vitamin E oil or Aloe Vera gel straight from the plant instead of antibiotic ointment, if you prefer. You don't want the cut or scrape to be wet and you don't want a soggy bandage on the wound, but you do want it slightly moist.
Cover the Cut or Scrape
To keep the cut or scrape protected from germs and to help it maintain the right level of moisture, you'll want to cover the wound with a bandage as best as possible. While this can be challenging with large scrapes, it is advantageous when possible. Proper wound care includes changing the bandage every morning and night and whenever the bandage gets dirty or wet.
Protect the Cut or Scrape From Irritants
Make sure you discourage any sort of disturbance to the scab that does form. Hopefully the ointment or oil is keeping away germs and keeping the wound just moist enough that those tender new cells are forming a thin layer of new skin. When you change the bandage, try not to disturb the scab, and do not remove the scab before it falls off naturally.
See a Doctor at the First Sign of Infection
Infection is one of the primary factors that could delay the healing of a wound. If you see any signs of infection-red streaks coming from the cut or scrape, pus oozing from the site, tender redness around the site or if you develop a fever of over 100.5 degrees-please seek medical attention. You may need topical or oral antibiotics.
Eat and Drink Healthfully
Make sure to fill up on fruits, vegetables, lean meats and water every day while your skin is recovering. Proper nutrition will speed the healing of your cuts and scrapes.
How long does a scab take to heal? The answer to this question depends on the size, depth and condition of the scab. Scabs remain in place to protect the healing skin as cells develop and nerves are reconnected.
Knowing how to treat scrapes will help you handle a messy situation in as soothing a manner as possible.