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How To Care For Cuts, Scratches, Or Burns

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  • Wash the area with soap and water.
  • Put an antibiotic cream or ointment on the area.
  • Cover with a clean, dry gauze or bandage.
  • For burns, apply a cold pack or cold water for 15 minutes, then wash with soap and water and put on a clean, dry dressing.
  • Watch for early signs of infection: pus, rash, red blotches, swelling, increased heat, tenderness, chills, or fever.
  • Call your doctor right away if you think you may have an infection.

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