Once the bleeding stops you should check the wound for any dirt or debris. If you notice anything embedded in the wound do not try to remove it yourself, you should seek medical guidance.
Gently wash any dirt out of the cut with water, and then clean the area with a mild disinfectant.
Once you’ve cleaned the wound, select a plaster or dressing that is slightly larger than the cut, hold the dressing at the edges and then gently cover. This will prevent infections and protect the wound from knocks and scratches, leaving it to heal naturally.
It’s a myth that leaving a cut to ‘air’ without a plaster or dressing will help it heal faster. Unprotected cuts and grazes are exposed to bacteria and infection, so ensure a plaster is kept over the area until it has properly healed.
Visit www.nhs.co.uk/conditions/cut-and-grazes/ for more help and information.