How to Treat Minor Cuts & Wounds

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Follow-Up Care

Covering is just the first stage of caring for an injury. You’ll want to keep an eye out for infection, look for allergic reactions, and change your bandage as your wound heals.

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Beyond Cuts & Scrapes: Caring for Other Injuries

No popping! Clean with soap and water or BAND-AID® Brand HURT-FREE® Antiseptic Wash, then loosely cover with a cushioned bandage to avoid pressure.1

Cool the burn with water or a wet compress rather than ice, add a layer of NEOSPORIN® Burn Relief & First Aid Antibiotic Ointment, then loosely wrap with gauze and tape.

Remove splinters with sterilized tweezers and/or a needle after washing the area and your hands with soap and water.

R.I.C.E. it! That’s rest, ice, compress, and elevate.2

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Keep a Kit at the Ready

From soccer to camping, from the home medical cabinet to your glove box, first aid needs change from activity to activity and from place to place. Explore our different first aid kits to see which ones are best for you and determine if any add-ons would help make it the perfect kit to fit your needs.

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When to Call a Doctor

While most minor to moderate wounds and injuries can be effectively treated at home, some should be evaluated by medical professionals in order to prevent infection and ensure you heal properly.

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Not sure what to do?

Call our Nurse Hotline to speak with a medical professional.

1-800-526-3967

Seek help for:

Cuts that are very deep, are more than ½” long, are gaping open, or have jagged edges

Puncture wounds and/or deep injuries where you suspect a bone may be broken

Injuries that cannot be properly cleaned or where glass or dirt is trapped inside

Cuts on the face, especially when close to the eyes

Bites from animals or humans

Cuts, scrapes, or burns that are not healing properly, even with routine and proper at-home care

Injuries involving metal or rust if you haven’t had a tetanus shot in the last 5 years

Pick a size, any size!

From extra-tiny to pretty darn big, our adhesive bandages come in all shapes and sizes to keep your injuries protected while they heal. Get just the size you need or be prepared for any kind of cut with one of our variety packs.

Patches

From 1 ¾” x 4” to 4 ½ ” x 5 ½”

Best for knees, elbows, large scrapes, rug burns, and “strawberries”

Fingers & Knuckles

From 1 ½” x 3” to 1 ½” to 2 ¼”

Best for cuts and scrapes on finger and toe knuckles

Regular Strips

From ¾”x 3” to 1 ¾” x 4”

Best for any minor cut, scrape, or burn

Spots

⅞” x ⅞”

Best for insect bites, acne, injection sites

Small Strips

From ⅝” x 2 ¼” to ⅜” x 1 ½”

Best for paper cuts, small wounds, injection sites

Hydrocolloids

From .8” x 2.3” to 2.4” x 2.75”

Best for blisters, burns, and other minor injuries that need cushion for comfort

*Approximate sizes. See the product’s page or box for actual sizing.

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Find the Best Bandage for the Job

Not sure which BAND-AID® Brand adhesive bandage to pick? Our Product Recommender can help you find the one that’ll do the trick.