Discussion in 'Self Harm & Substance Abuse' started by *dilligaf*, Oct 28, 2008.
How do you know if a cut has become infected? :huh::mellow:
Swelling, redness, pain, it may cause a fever, presence of pus
got the swelling, the redness and the puss :dry:
thanks hun x
This is EXACTLY why I don't cut. I tried it once, but then I looked at the knife and couldn't stop thinking, "tetanus."
good one, dont start
I suggest you soak the cut in the warm salt water, apply some ointment and cover with a dressing and repeat this at least twice a day. If it doesn't clear up or gets any worse then you need to get it seen to properly. :hug:
thanks rezzy hun :hug:
make sure you do it sooner rather than later hun, because you don't want it to get any worse.
ill do it as soon as my mum goes to bed :smile:
I hope that it's ok Sam :hug:
Here's a suggestion. Next time you feel like cutting, have a bottle of hand sanitizer handy. Sure, it will sting a little but at least it will kill the bacteria and prevent infection. Although, it's probably best to not cut in the first place. :hug:
How is it today Sam?
the redness has gone down a bit
when i cut i use peroxide and then alcohol
it burns but it does the job
i follow up with witch-hazel and then an antibiotic cream
i keep a few different ones around the house and if i see one isn't working i use a different one
i also keep it covered and let it air out at other times.
i've found that it's also important to let it air out so the body can form a scab over it.
hope this helps
Hydrogen peroxide is no longer indicated for general use. Just alcohol will do the trick without adding extra damage.