Cuts and Scratches

Cuts And Scratches
Cuts and scratches are generally regarded as only skin deep, and require only antiseptic treatment. Deeper cuts may
have divided not only the skin, but also structures underneath it such as ligaments and nerves, and in such cases
surgical attention is necessary. Test to see if all normal movements can be carried out, and that there are no numb
areas. Stitches will be needed if the wound is gaping and cannot be drawn together.
First aid for cuts, scratches, and sharp wounds is substantially the same as for abrasions. Cleaning the wound is
always necessary, but it is particularly important if it is an animal scratch. Suppuration (oozing of pus) should be watched cautiously, and allopathic advice should be sought if it
worsens, and especially if the lymph nodes in the armpit, neck or groin become swollen or red streaks develop
around the wound.
For general purposes, externally.
Hypercal (equal parts of calendula and hypericum tincture), applied undiluted locally or diluted 1 in 10.
For clean-cut, deep or surgical cuts, with sharp stinging pain.
Staphysagria 6c, every 3-4 hours.
For inflammation locally.
Hepar sulph 6c, every 3-4 hours.
For sharp pain shooting up the limb.
Hypericum 6c, every 3-4 hours.
For wounds with suppuration, and where the patient has great sensitivity to the slightest touch.
Hepar sulph 6c, every 3-4 hours.

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