We all get cuts and bruises occasionally. And, if you have kids, you see cuts and bruises fairly often. What can you do to make these cuts and bruise heal faster? We have a few suggestions to offer.
- Cleaning – The first thing you should do is clean the wound gently, but thoroughly. Gently wash the injury with plain soap and water. Rinse it well to remove any debris, dirt and injured tissue.
- Killing germs. After cleaning the injured area, apply an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment, such a Bacitracin or Neosporin. Apply the ointment twice a day to help prevent any infection.
- Cover the wound. Old-school thinking said that you should expose a cut to the air so it can breathe. But, in fact, the dry, hard scabs that form over an injured site take longer to heal. Instead, you should cover the wound with a bandage to keep the cut moist. This will allow a soft scab to form quickly.
- Treating bruises. You can cut the healing time for bruises in half if you rub it with topical vitamin-K ointment which can be found in drug and health food stores.
- Treating scabs. Scabs should be treated with TLC. A healthy, soft scab will protect delicate new skin cells. You should avoid bumping or hitting the wiounded area and never remove a scab–let it fall off naturally.
- Speed healing. Arnica is a homeopathic remedy that is sold in health food stores. Studies have proven that arnica helps cuts, bruises and even surgical scars to heal faster.
- Take Vitamin C. According to some recent studies, Vitamin C can help damaged blood vessels that cause bruising to heal faster. The recommended dosage is 1,000 mg. to 3,000 mg. per day–divided up into two to three doses.