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Injured Yourself At Home? Here’s What To Do
Since March most of us have been stuck at home in lockdown, hoping to keep both ourselves and our families safe during the pandemic.
Being at home mostly provides us with a safe haven to enjoy, and these months have given most of us a good chance to look after our mental and physical health.
However sometimes, even at home we can suffer from an unexpected injury or incident and it can be even more difficult when we are advised to stay put. Today we are going to take a look at what you need to do if you suffer an injury at home this month.
Clean the wound
When you first injure yourself, it is important to assess yourself and check for any wounds or cuts. If you do have an open wound or a scrape it is paramount to clean it thoroughly as soon as possible to prevent infection. To clean your wound effectively you can either use alcohol, a cleaning solution, or simply some very salty water. DAB the area, don’t rub, carefully with a cotton pad and ensure that there’s no dirt or debris still inside.
Injured Yourself At Home: Bandage up
As well as cleaning the wound, depending on the size of it there are several options to seal and bandage up. If you only have a small cut you can simply use a plaster to seal the area. But if the wound is larger, butterfly stitches or celleraterx gel might be needed. Be careful when bandaging up and make sure that you cover it thoroughly to prevent infection.
Make the area safe
Now that you’ve dealt with the wound itself, it is time to look for the cause. Look around the area where you hurt yourself and find the cause of your fall or scrape. It could be a loose nail, some messy cables, or a sharp corner of your furniture. To avoid anyone else in the house hurting themselves it is important to make the area safe.
Call for help
If you are in need of assistance with your injury, now is the time to call for help. Depending on the severity of your injury you could call a family member or even an ambulance. Calling for help when you need it is important and you should do it as quickly as you can to ensure that your wound can be treated.
Once you are all patched up, now is the time to make yourself more comfortable. Take the time to find an appropriate painkiller such as paracetamol or ibuprofen to keep you feeling healthy and happy. A painkiller can be the difference between a comfortable night and a very horrible one!
Injured Yourself At Home: Rest!
Once you have injured yourself, you need to rest and allow it to recover. We know how tempting it is to go back to work and get back on the horse immediately: but the body needs real time to rest and recover to prevent further injury. Be sure to take appropriate time to rest your body and allow it to heal.