To treat a minor cut at home first wash your hands thoroughly with soap to avoid infection. Next wash the cut with mild soap and water.
Procedure, part 2:
Apply direct pressure to stop the bleeding.
Procedure, part 3:
Apply an antibacterial ointment to coat and protect the wound.
Procedure, part 4:
Once the wound has stopped bleeding cover it with a bandage that will not stick to the injury.
Review Date: 1/1/2013 Reviewed By: Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.