|First Aid Kit|
Although it may be thought as a "clean" cut, it still needs attention. It may not bleed profusely, but it is still a big gash and I do not want it exposed and/or become infected. This is where my First Aid Kit with its supplies comes in handy.
I do not even attempt to clean the gash but I do apply a generous amount of generic triple antibiotic ointment, cover it with a compress, and wrap it with gauze.
I continue to wrap the the leg with an ACE bandage because with the gauze alone I know that it will slip off the affected area. The ACE bandage will provide the right pressure and will keep the compress with the antibiotic and the gauze in place. I change the dressing at least once a day.
If the gash is severe and you are on blood thinning medication, a visit to your doctor may be prudent. He may prescribe another kind of ointment for you. While you are at the doctor's office, ask for a tetanus shot, too. It should be good for 7 - 8 years in Florida.
The most important thing about tending to a gash is to keep it moist. It may be easier said than done. If the compress has attached itself to the wound, apply a squirt of saline to loosen the compress. By keeping the gash moist with the ointment/salve and/or saline, the gash will heal from within and eventually heal.
Today, the local drug store had a good deal for stocking up and refilling my First Aid Kit with antibiotic ointment, gauze and gauze pads, and various tapes. I also have a strip of of plastic to use as a tourniquet. Furthermore, in the Kit I have a pair of scissors and a tweezers, bandages, and a pair of gloves. It's amazing what the First Aid Kit will hold.
Take care of yourself.
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