How to Heal a Gun Shot Cut

A cut resulting from a gun shot graze can be painful and uncomfortable, but typically is not severe enough for a trip to the emergency room. It is important to properly care for your wound and keep it clean to avoid infections and further skin problems. Follow basic first aid protocol to stop the bleeding, clean the cut and prevent further trauma and infection. If your cut is deeper than 1/4- inch or has fat or muscle protruding, seek immediate medical attention because you may require stitches.


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      Apply gentle pressure to stop the cut from bleeding. Hold a cloth to your wound for 20 to 30 seconds.

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      Clean the cut with water. Pour water over the wound to remove any debris and pat dry with a towel.

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      Apply an antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin or Polysporin to your cut. This will help to discourage infection and keep your skin moist.

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      Use a bandage to cover the cut and help keep your wound clean and bacteria-free.

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      Change your bandage once a day or when noticeably soiled. You can also use a gauze dressing if regular bandages irritate your skin.

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      Visit your doctor if your wound is not healing. If the area becomes red, puffy or painful the wound could be infected.

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      Schedule a tetanus shot every 10 years. Your doctor will recommend an immediate booster shot if your last tetanus was more than five years ago.

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