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First Aid Tips to Treat a Cut (So It Heals Faster)

In this video, learn the process for treating a small cut in your home to prevent infection and promote healing.

Lauren Smith, MAAlexandra Schwarz, MD
Written by Lauren Smith, MA | Reviewed by Alexandra Schwarz, MD
Updated on April 13, 2023

The first aid steps in this video should do the trick for most minor cuts, but if your cut starts to swell, become painful, is hot to the touch, or turns a dark red color, call your doctor. You may have an infection that might need more serious treatment. Plus, here are more first aid myths to forget. 


American Academy of Dermatology Association. (2022). How to treat minor cuts.

American Academy of Dermatology Association. (n.d.). Proper wound care: how to minimize a scar

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2017). Emergency wound care.

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