First aid for the skin: how to treat cuts, burns and fungal infections

Our skin is the most sensitive part of our body that allows us to feel the most. Therefore, it requires gentle care. Any kind of cuts, boils or rashes should be treated immediately either by seeing a dermatologist or by using first aid. So here are some first aid tips to keep your skin healthy.

Our skin is made up of several layers of cell sheets and when we receive a cut or scratch, it happens on the superficial layer which is the epidermis. This broken layer is what leads to blood or marks on your skin and hence it is important to treat it the right way.

In our daily life, it is very easy to get cut or boiled. You can scratch as easily as chopping vegetables or tripping while walking. Thus, there is no harm in knowing what first aid to apply in various situations. Be sure to always keep your kit stocked with these first aid supplies for faster treatment.

Treat scrapes and burns with these first aid tips! Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Jaishree Sharad shared over-the-counter creams to treat various skin issues. Let’s take a look at them.

“Whenever there is a cut on the skin or an abrasion, the most common thing people do is apply Dettol. Dettol causes more irritation and will not allow the wound to heal sooner. I’ve also seen people apply raw turmeric paste to a burn, which could make the wound even worse,” says Dr. Sharad.

Here are some creams you could use for quick first aid:

1. For cuts and wounds: Apply petroleum jelly
2. For burns: Apply silver sulfadiazine
3. For pus-filled boils or bacterial infections: apply mupirocin ointment
4. For fungal infections of the groin, feet, armpits: use clotrimazole cream and avoid using steroids.
5. For eczema and itching: Apply 1% hydrocortisone.

Also read: Preventing skin burns is NOW possible. Just follow these tips

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Keep these creams on hand for the good of your skin! Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

These are SOS creams that will start the healing process until you reach your doctor for proper medication or treatment, so take care of your skin and keep these things handy in your first aid kit!