Tips for Treating Cuts and Scrapes
Autumn is the season for harvesting the fruits of our labour from our gardens, the results of year‑round efforts. At the same time, we need to prepare the garden for winter and the next gardening season. This involves various tasks, such as fertilizing, rearranging beds, paths, and fences, the last mow before winter, and removing dead branches from trees. However, these activities can sometimes lead to accidents, like cutting ourselves with scissors, hitting our fingers with tools, or scratching our skin with branches.
As with any other injury, preventing these wounds is more effective than treating them afterwards. Therefore, it is always recommended to use protective equipment such as gloves and appropriate footwear, as well as to plan the tasks carefully. Nonetheless, we can never be entirely certain that injuries will not occur.
When dealing with a minor cut or scrape, start by washing your hands to prevent the risk of infections during wound care. Make sure to clean the wound and its surroundings using lukewarm tap water. If there’s bleeding, use a sterile gauze compress, gently applying pressure to stop it.
FROM GARDEN TO KITCHEN
Our year-round gardening efforts will be rewarded in autumn with a variety of vegetables that we can enjoy in our kitchens, preparing numerous delicious dishes.
However, during the cooking process, mistakes and accidents can happen, therefore, injuries like cuts and scrapes are quite common. It’s crucial to respond promptly and appropriately to these minor injuries.
How to properly care for cuts and abrasions resulting from everyday activities:
1. Hand Hygiene: Regardless of where the accident happens, always tend to the wound with clean hands to reduce the risk of infection.
2. Cleaning the Wound and its Surroundings: While the need to clean the wound is commonly understood, it is crucial not to overlook its surroundings. Visible dirt around or near the wound, coupled with various microorganisms on the skin, could lead to infection. Clean both the wound and its surrounding area with a saline solution or running drinking water.
3. Stopping Bleeding: In case the wound is bleeding, use a sterile gauze compress and apply gentle to moderate pressure to stop the bleeding. If these efforts prove insufficient, seek professional medical assistance.
4. Covering the Wound with Appropriate Dressing: Since wounds can occur in diverse locations, tailor the covering method to the specific site of the injury. We recommend the use of versatile and universal Vivacare plasters. For fast and scar-free healing, use Vivamel medical honey in a tube. Before placing the plaster, apply Vivamel medical chestnut honey to the wound to prevent infection, help clean the wound, accelerate the healing process, and minimize the likelihood of scarring.
In the course of daily life, injuries and wounds are inevitable, but armed with knowledge and proper care, you can address them more quickly and effectively. Given that health is our most valuable asset, embrace an active lifestyle and stay prepared for the unexpected. When it comes to unforeseen wounds, trust in the efficacy of Vivamel wound care products, making them an essential part of your medicine cabinet.