Q: Uh-oh… cooking knife mishap. What's the best way to deal with a small cut?
Oz Says: Wash it thoroughly with soap and warm water, and resist the urge to dab it with hydrogen peroxide. "The problem with hydrogen peroxide is that it doesn't discriminate — along with wiping out germs that can cause infection, it also kills healthy tissue," says Amy Artuso, an expert at the National Safety Council.
The cut can take longer to heal, and the chance of scarring goes up. Instead, just pat the area dry after washing, then put sterile gauze or a clean cloth on the cut and apply pressure. When the bleeding stops, slap on a bandage. If it's still bleeding after about five minutes of pressure, head to a doc, who can confirm whether you need stitches and also check to see if you have anything else going on that might prolong bleeding.
This story originally appeared in the December 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.
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