How to Prevent Infection in a Foot Cut

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Prevent Infection in a Foot Cut
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The feet are a particularly rich breeding ground for bacteria and fungi. If you have a cut on your foot, it's more prone to infection than cuts on other areas of your body. This is simply because your feet are in contact with more pathogens, and it is difficult to keep the feet clean. In order to avoid infection in a foot cut, it's essential that you keep the area clean and dry. While you may find it more challenging to do this on your feet than on other areas of your body, it is imperative to do so.

Things You'll Need

  • Warm water
  • Antibacterial soap
  • Clean bandages
  • Antibiotic ointment

Wash your foot three times a day, using warm water and antibacterial soap. Do not allow your foot to soak in the water, but rather simply cleanse it. Soaking your feet can lead to soft skin, which is more susceptible to bacteria.

Cleanse your hands with antibacterial soap before touching your foot or the cut. Your hands may carry microscopic bacteria, so it's essential that you thoroughly clean them. You don't want to bring any unseen bacteria to the open wound.

Apply pressure to the cut if it begins bleeding again. Use a clean compress to apply the pressure. Avoid using cotton balls, as these tend to leave behind small particles.

Put a thin layer of antibiotic ointment on the cut. This will aid in the healing process and help to prevent infection.

Cover the cut with a clean bandage. The bandage should be snug against the cut but not tight. You should have full circulation in the foot and be comfortable.

Change the bandage multiple times each day. As you walk on your feet, it's more likely that bacteria can gather around the bandage there. Play it safe by changing the bandage two to three times daily. When you remove the old bandage, wash the foot again, and apply a new layer of antibiotic ointment.

Keep the cut dry. Moist and wet areas are very prone to bacterial infections. If your foot gets wet, change the bandage immediately.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep your toenails trimmed while you have the cut. Bacteria can gather underneath the toenails, so it's better to keep them short.
  • See your doctor immediately if you suspect you have an infection.

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