Caring for Everyday Injuries
FIRST AID BASICS
Caring for Everyday Injuries
Don’t let a minor injury turn into a major worry. Understand how to care for cuts, scrapes, burns, and more so you can heal quickly and properly.
How to Treat Minor Cuts & Wounds
Wash Your Hands
Thoroughly wash your hands before touching your injury. Wear medical gloves if you’re treating someone else.
Stop the Bleeding
For 5–10 minutes, apply gentle pressure with a sterile gauze pad or clean cloth. If bleeding continues beyond 10 minutes, call a doctor.
Clean Your Wound
Wash your wound with mild soap and water, then pat dry with a sterile gauze pad. No access to soap and water? Try BAND-AID® Brand Antiseptic Wash.
Protect with a Bandage
Protect your wound and help it heal by covering it with an adhesive bandage or with sterile gauze and tape.
Change the Bandage
Promote healthy healing by applying a new wound covering at least once a day, or sooner if it gets wet or dirty.
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.
Beyond Cuts & Scrapes: Caring for Other Injuries
No popping! Clean with soap and water or BAND-AID® Brand HURT-FREE® Antiseptic Wash, then cover loosely 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.
Splinters & Sprains
Remove splinters with sterilized tweezers and/or a needle after washing the area and your hands with soap and water. For sprains, R.I.C.E. it! That’s rest, ice, compress, and elevate.2
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.
1 ”How to Prevent and Treat Blisters” https://www.aad.org/public/everyday-care/injured-skin/burns/prevent-treat-blisters
2 “Sprains” https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sprains/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20377943
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.
Not sure what to do?
Call our Nurse Hotline to speak with a medical professional.
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.
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
From ¾”x 3” to 1 ¾” x 4”
Best for any minor cut, scrape, or burn
⅞” x ⅞”
Best for insect bites, acne, injection sites
From ⅝” x 2 ¼” to ⅜” x 1 ½”
Best for paper cuts, small wounds, injection sites
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.
All First Aid Basics Articles
Learn about scabs and how they contribute to the healing process.
Find out how hydrocolloid bandages help heal acne and other wounds.
Find useful tips for limiting the risk of infection.
Discover everything to include in your first aid kits with our helpful guide.
Learn how to prevent scarring and find out about the different reasons scarring can occur.
Learn what blisters are and how to care for and prevent them.
Learn how to treat a burn and find out about the different types.
Find out how to care for a variety of everyday injuries.
You’ve been treated, but there’s still more care to come.
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.