If bacteria builds up in the wound, an infection can occur, according to WebMD. For this reason, it is important to begin treatment immediately, even for minor wounds. Do not use soap, iodine or hydrogen peroxide to treat the wound, as they may cause irritation. Instead, place the wound under running water, and use sterilized tweezers to remove any debris.
After cleaning the wound with water, apply an antibiotic ointment up to three times daily, recommends WebMD. Keep the wound covered with a sterile bandage, and clean the wound before reapplying ointment. If a reaction such as a rash occurs, stop using the ointment. Replace the bandage every day, and use soap and water to keep the skin surrounding the wound clean.
If the wound does not stop bleeding, use a clean cloth to apply pressure for 20 minutes, states WebMD. Keep the wound elevated if possible. If the wound spurts blood or continues to bleed after applying pressure for 20 minutes, seek medical assistance.
If there is a large object embedded in the wound, or if it is not possible to clean it with running water, seek medical assistance, explains WebMD. It is important to seek immediate medical treatment if a puncture wound occurs, as a tetanus shot may be required. If the wound was caused by a human or animal bite, see a doctor immediately. If the wound does not heal or becomes red, warm or inflamed, see a doctor, and seek medical attention if the skin surrounding the wound develops red streaks. Deep or jagged wounds may require stitches.