Environmental and physical exposure puts our skin under constant stress. According to the Mayo Clinic, human skin is “a remarkably plastic organ that sustains insult and injury throughout life.” Wounds occur when stress causes injury. Abrasions, lacerations, ruptures, punctures, and penetrating wounds can all damage the skin.


Superficial wounds make up the majority of skin wounds and require cleansing and dressing to prevent infection and provide the conditions for healing. Understanding wound care is critical for successfully treating wounds.

Wound Symptoms

The skin typically responds to injury by swelling. Pain and bleeding are also common symptoms of a wound. The severity of these symptoms depends on the location and type of injury. Smaller injuries that are located in an area with many nerve endings can be more painful than larger lacerations in an area with fewer nerves. Lacerations in an area with more blood vessels may bleed significantly more than those in areas with fewer blood vessels.

Can I Treat Wounds at Home?

A majority of wounds can be treated at home. Thoroughly wash and dress wounds to prevent infection. First, rinse the wound with water to ensure there are no other materials stuck on the injury. Then apply wound cleaners and ointments to wash away bacteria and provide a barrier. To avoid contamination from your hands, be sure to wash them fully and consider using a cotton tipped applicator to apply ointment. cotton-tipped the area using gauze or a wound dressing and secure with adhesive tapes or bandages. Be sure to change the gauze if blood soaks through and to regularly change the wound dressing.



With proper care, you can effectively treat most wounds with your first aid kit. However, there are times where you should seek medical attention. Have a doctor assess your wound if:


  • The wound is very dirty and cannot be cleaned at home
  • Even with pressure and elevation, bleeding cannot be controlled.
  • The wound is from an animal bite. There may be a need for rabies immunizations.
  • Significant force or trauma caused the wound and other injuries appear to be present.
  • The wound may require stitches. Size and location impact the likelihood of stitches, and many facial wounds require repair for cosmetic reasons.
  • The wound appears infected because of redness, excess swelling, increased pain, or pus.
  • Tetanus immunizations are not up to date.

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When treated quickly and correctly, wounds are often a minor injury. It is important to be thoroughly prepared for treating wounds at home in order to prevent infection and speed up recovery. Your first aid kit should be fully stocked to cleanse and bandage many types of wounds. Even if you require medical attention, there are steps you may do at home to help your wound.


At Medical Supply Depot, we have everything you need for proper wound care. From adhesive tapes to wound cleaners, we are the one stop for all of your wound care products. Stock your first aid kit today by visiting our website or give us a call at (800) 965-7496 to order by phone


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