It’s very easy to assume that if you meet up with any kind of accident or medical emergency that you only need to find the nearest hospital and the problem will be taken care of. Most of us living in cities throughout the United States can safely assume this.
After all, the big challenge when it comes to dealing with hospitals or any kind of medical facility doesn’t involve availability. Everybody knows where the nearest hospital or emergency room is. The big challenge is finding the cash to pay for it all.
Whether you are covered by the Affordable Care Act or you have your private HMO insurance is the issue for most people. Seems like a straightforward problem, right? Well, what if you are out in the woods? What if you find yourself in a location that is very far from any kind of hospital, medical treatment facility, clinic, outpatient center, or emergency room? What happens then?
This is why it’s really important to know the basics of self-care and self-treatment because you don’t know what’s around the corner. The future is very tricky. As much as we’d like to assume that we’re entitled to the same life now like the day before, nobody can be all that sure.
As you probably know, disasters can strike at any time and they take many different forms. Sadly, when disasters or emergencies strike, we can find ourselves facing some sort of medical issue.
Wounds Are More Common Than You Think
You may be thinking that you are very careful so there’s no way you can suffer a wound. Well, it’s more common than you think. In an emergency, you may have to move and may find yourself in completely unfamiliar surroundings.
This can lead to higher chances of accidents and you end up with a wound. You have to know how to treat yourself by knowing the basics of treating wounds. You can’t just assume that there is a bandage somewhere or that there is a well-trained professional that is ready, willing, and eager as well as available. Those can be fatal assumptions.
The good news is that treating a wound is not as hard as you think. It’s important to understand that you have to clean the wound and treat it immediately. Otherwise, the threat of infection will be great. And the worst part of all of this is you can’t trust your eyes.
You may be thinking that your wound is okay. But when you start suffering symptoms of an infection, you’re a day late and a buck short. That’s how infections work. They work under the surface and you only feel the damage when it’s gone past a certain point.
So the key is to deal with the problem the moment it presents itself. The second you get a wound, you have to know what to do. This is what prevents infections. In the worst-case scenario, you have to treat your wound in such a way that it can block the infection from getting any worse.
The key here is to understand how to clean and treat wounds in a quick, efficient manner to maximize the chances of healing, and just as importantly, prevent any scarring.
- Wash your hands with soap and water to make sure that you don’t infect the wound while you are handling it.
- If it is still bleeding, apply gentle pressure.
- Rinse with clean water and a mild soap, or you can also use antiseptic solutions of saline if water is not available. Use tweezers to remove any debris.
- Gently dry the wound with a soft cloth
- Use an antibiotic cream to protect the wound from infection.
- If it is necessary, cover the wound with a bandage
- Make sure to change the dressing/ bandage as often as necessary
- Watch for signs of infection (Redness, pain, swelling, presence of pus)
- *if the wounds are deep- stitches are needed.
How to make a wound heal faster:
- Use antibiotic creams and ointments – it helps prevent infection and helps the wound heal faster.
- Aloe Vera – is rich in vitamins and minerals, helps with cell regeneration and it helps the body produce more collagen which helps promote wound healing.
- Honey has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, it is also full of antioxidants which promotes wound healing and reduces scar formation.
- Turmeric Paste contains antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Garlic has an antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory compound called Allicin.
- Coconut Oil- is known to have antimicrobial properties, and it is rich in fatty acids. It also acts as a skin barrier that protects it from infection.