Bleeding can happen even with the smallest wound. The body responds to bleeding with blood platelets forming a clot on the wound site. A minor bleeding usually takes only a short while before it stops. But, if there is a need for you to stop minor bleeding quickly, here are things that you should do.
No matter what wound you have, you always need to clean the area with running water and soap. Running water will help remove the debris on the surface. Soap is also essential in killing possible bacteria present. Not only should you wash the wound but you also have to wash your hands when handling any bleeding incident.
- Direct pressure
Applying pressure directly on the wound can help stop the bleeding. Make sure that you use a clean tissue, white cloth, or gauze when handling the wound. If the material soaks in blood, put another on top of it to continuously apply pressure on the site.
Elevating the wounded area to the level of your heart is also one way to stop the bleeding. This is an ideal position when the injured area happens to be either the arm or the leg.
- Covering the wound
Once the bleeding has stopped, you need to cover the wound with a bandage. This will help keep it from bleeding again. At the same time, it also reduces the possibility of an infection. Change the bandage regularly.
- Calling the doctor
You may think that a bleeding is minor just because you don’t see a lot of blood gushing from the wound or if there is no visible wound at all. This may constitute an emergency as there is a danger of internal bleeding. In this situation, call emergency services or the doctor immediately. Other situations that require emergency care includes:
- the wound being on the face
- the wound is caused by an animal bite
- numbness on the area around the wound
- the individual has a fever