Infections in Cuts and Sores
The skin helps keep unwanted microbes out of the body. If there is a cut or opening in the skin, microbes can get inside the body to a warm, dark, moist environment and grow. To prevent this kind of infection, the first thing to do is try not to get any openings in your skin. Don’t let your hands get chapped and cracked. Use lotion. Don’t pick or open pimples if you have them on your face.
If you get a cut, scrape, or sore, clean it right away. It may hurt a little, but you should wash the cut with soap and water, scrubbing gently with a soft cloth once the bleeding has stopped. If possible, leave the cut uncovered after cleaning it well. When you put a bandage over a dirty cut, you make a warm, dark, moist environment that microbes like for growing. After the cut has been cleaned, you may want to cover it with a clean bandage to keep the area clean and protect it from being injured again. If you cover the cut, check under the bandage once a day with clean hands. If you see yellow or green liquid around the cut, you may have an infection. Go to your doctor. You might need special medicine to get better. Take good care of your cut as it heals. Never pick at the scab because scabs are your body’s way of protecting a cut or sore while it heals.