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As promised, here are more advices on what to do to ameliorate your injuries when the doctor is not available.

Sprains and Strains

Sprains involve a stretch or a fracture of a ligament, and strains are muscle or tendons injuries. They usually hurt and the affected part gets swollen, so it will be easy to tell. Put ice on the injury and bandage the area tight. Hold your member in a horizontal position. In some cases, the damage can be more severe and surgery or therapy is required.

Superficial Burns

Superficial burns shouldn’t be larger than 2 inches. Just use cold water. Don’t try to repair the skin right away by applying some sort of moisturizer; just add antibiotic ointment and wrap the area in bandage and tape the bandage.

Open Cuts

Use butterfly bandages to cover a cut with separated edges. Place the bandage across the cut; if it’s not serious, it will close by itself. If you’re dealing with a bleeding cut or one that is longer than a half inch, look for a doctor.


Surgical Wounds

If you’re dealing with post-surgery injuries, do what the doctor ordered. Usually, that involves making sure that the wound is always clean and dry. Look closely if the area changes its color to yellow, green or an unusual color, it might be a sign of infection, in which case you need a doctor right away.

Scrapes on Knees and Elbows

Even if injuries in these areas might not be serious, it will take you some skill to cover them so they don’t fall when you move. A liquid bandage might come in handy in this situation, and it will resist under water.

Knuckle, Finger, Heel Wounds

It is difficult to treat these areas because you always use them; use H-shaped bandages to prevent them for opening or folding. No matter how superficial the injury, keep these areas covered to avoid infections with dirt.

Large Scrapes

If you’re dealing with a larger scrape, you need to make the healing process faster by keeping the area moist with antibiotic ointment or occlusive bandages that maintain the area moist. If your injuries remain open and red, wash them regularly and change the bandage frequently. Keep an eye on them for infections.

Hand and Feet Cuts

Use bandages to treat injuries in these areas and change them often, as they will get dirty right away. Go to the doctor if the cuts are deep or you have puncture wounds.

I hope these advices will come in handy to you at one point in time. You can use these methods on yourself or other members of your family when the doctor is hard to reach.

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