Most cuts and grazes can be treated at home and will start to heal in a few days. But some wounds may need to be treated by a medical professional if there’s a risk of infection or the cut is serious.
You can treat a cut or graze yourself by stopping any bleeding, cleaning the wound, and covering it with a plaster or dressing. This will help stop it getting infected.
If the bleeding has stopped, you can clean a small wound and then put a plaster or dressing over it.
Keep the dressing clean by changing it as often as you need. You can take it off after a few days, once the wound has closed.
You can call 111 or get help from 111 online.
How a cut or graze is treated will depend on how bad it is and if there’s a risk of it becoming infected.
The cut will be cleaned and closed with either stitches, strips or special glue before a dressing is put over it.
But the wound may not be closed straight away if it’s infected or there’s a risk it may get infected.
You may also need to have an injection to prevent tetanus or be given antibiotics if the cut could be infected.
Page last reviewed: 06-06-2022
Next review due:06-06-2025