We all injure ourselves at some point. Most cuts, scrapes, and bruises heal on their own after being disinfected and bandaged. Severe wounds require more intensive treatment. Deep injuries must be well-treated to ensure the surrounding organs and tissues aren’t infected. Knowing how to clean a wound, recognize the signs of infection, and when to see a medical professional can prevent an injury from becoming or causing a serious condition.

1. What is a Wound?

A wound is an injury to living tissue caused by a cut, puncture, string, bite, blow, or another impact; the injury will usually tear the skin and break it open. Tiny cuts like those caused by paper or small, sharp objects usually aren’t severe enough to warrant medical intervention, but more massive tears in the skin are serious risks to your internal health.

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