Iodine and cuts

Iodine and cuts

A cut or laceration is a break or opening in the skin and causes bleeding and pain. Infection is a concern with most cuts, especially bites, puncture wounds, wounds on the feet, as well as wounds that are dirty and not treated promptly. A minor wound can usually be treated at home, provided it is not bleeding profusely. For minor cuts and wounds, take the following steps:1

  • Wash your hands before you start working on the wound to prevent infection
  • Wash the cut with mild soap and water
  • Stop the bleeding using direct pressure
  • Apply an antiseptic cream or ointment such as Betadine and cover the wound with a non‐stick dressing

Using Betadine antiseptic liquid, cream or ointment topically on minor wounds, cuts, abrasions or burns will help to reduce the risk of developing an infection. Betadine is a broad spectrum, nonselective antiseptic that is effective against microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi. It consists of povidone‐iodine, which has low irritant potential compared with traditional iodine tinctures, while remaining equally as effective.2

After you have cleaned and dressed the wound, watch for any redness or swelling, which can be signs of an infection. You should also see your doctor if the wound is deep, if you cannot stop the bleeding, get the dirt out or close it yourself, or if the wound doesn’t heal.3

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