When the pointy end of the wrecking bar took out a lower canine tooth
last December, I bit down on a gause pad for about an hour while I
continued the demolition, the had a bottle or two of pain remover. I
will discuss further measures with my dentist in a couple weeks.
That reminds me of one of my favorite memories of Sue Frost, a fellow
SCA/RennFaire merchant back in the day. We were both working an event in
Smithville, MO(?) when she lost a filling. It left a sharp point on the
tooth that has cutting her cheek.
After several hours suffering with it, Sue asked me to look and see if
there was any way to reduce the point. I ended up filing off the point
with the file blade on my Swiss Army Knife which seemed to work well
She went to her dentist when she got home and he asked her who she'd had
do the temp work. She replied: "My blacksmith."
i have yet to see a scientific answer, so here's what i do:
Deep cut, if otherwise clean, I let it bleed freely long enough to wash
out the wound, then I wipe the blood off and quickly wrap it with a
bandaid. Speed is of the essence.
If it's dirty and must be cleaned, I prefer to use antiseptic liquid
soap, again quickly. I would prefer to keep it bleeding after i have
washed and dried, again to cleanse, then wrap.
If there is a skin flap, I treat it like a regular cut, very much prefer
not to clean except with blood, and bandage with flap in place.
Obviously the key to me is to not wash or dress with anything unless
there is a likelihood that bacteria were introduced, i.e. cut on a
jagged piece of rusty metal outside. I'd rather let the natural
processes work as intended. Alcohol and peroxide dry it out too much,
and salves block oxygen.
Works for me.
I usually put the cut finger in my mouth. It does not affect hopping
around, but does keep me from shouting profanities. I am of the
opinion that if you don't exercise your immune system, it becomes
weak. So the follow up treatment is a band aid or tape to staunch the
flow of blood.
Salt water. Sea Salt is great. I used to get cut on coral and after
a few hours of skin diving - the cut would heal over and be soft skin.
After-all - so much of us is salt water - mostly water with salt.
On Thu, 22 Oct 2009 12:58:15 -0500, Ignoramus3519 wrote:
The recommendations at
closely match what several well-informed doctors have told me recently,
for example when I had a nevus removed or a cut thumb stitched or biopsies.
In particular, the sections "How should I clean a wound?" and
"Should I use a bandage?" seem informative and correct. The
section "Should I use an antibiotic ointment?" [which says
antibiotic ointments help keep out infection and keep the wound
clean and moist; that "a bandage does pretty much the same thing";
and that "most minor cuts and scrapes will heal just fine without
antibiotic ointment"] is more neutral than the advice I received,
which was to not use antibiotic ointments on small cuts, even if
other doctors recommended it. For example, using petrolatum
(petroleum jelly, Vaseline) was recommended instead.
The warnings in
to not 'let a wound "breathe" or air out' and to not 'leave a wound
uncovered' do not reflect what I think I was told.
I close my boo boos with masking tape for a couple days and they heal quite
nicely. I am quite sure it is not the scientifically correct way but it is
handy and quick and I don't drip blood all over my work.
That's pretty much it, once clean if you can close the wound, super glue
really is basically the same as Dermabond. Just make sure it really is
clean first lest you just give an infection a nice place to fester.
I consulted SWMBO (a microbiologist). She gave her advice as personal
orders to me.
1) Do not use superglue. Dermabond is used in nice clean operating
theaters. You (I) do not conduct most activities in nice clean operating
theaters. An anerobic bacterial infection is a good way to lose an
2) Clean the wound with soap and water. Rinse with Hydrogen Peroxide.
Apply light film of triple antibiotic ointment, cover with a sterile
dressing. Keep it dry and clean until it heals.
3) Do not use plain petroleum jelly. See anerobic infection, above.
4) In the event of a laceration, present said laceration to
microbiologist to determine if it is a rare instance where (2) above
above does not apply.
5) MRSA is everywhere, and you (I) don't want it.
I don't have any experience with super glue. But, I've used
triple antibiotic (with pain control) to advantage. Sterile
bandages are good.
The greasy shop rag and dancing around hollering profanity,
I can relate to that approach.
Call Obama, and be ready with your social security number,
medicare number, and be prepared to wait for several weeks.
I've heard that hydrogen peroxide and alchol do tissue
damage. Though, I have used peroxide on very small wounds.
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