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Toilet Paper is Not Sterile


When some people accidentally cut themselves, they have a tendency of using toilet paper to stop the bleeding and to absorb the excess blood. While this mostly works for minor cuts, toilet paper is NOT STERILE. As a result, using toilet paper as a band-aid could cause an infection. Furthermore, it can also delay the time it takes for the wound to heal. This is true even for minor cuts caused by shaving.


Of course, for all major injuries, seek immediate medical attention from a doctor or physician. However, if you have a minor cut, you should clean the area with clean water. You can also use hydrogen peroxide and/or a topical antibiotic, such as Neosporin. Finally, if the bleeding persists or if you have a large wound, then use a sterile bandage, such as a Band-Aid.

Again, for all serious cuts and injuries, get professional assistance as soon as possible. If you are not sure if your injury is serious, then it probably is serious.

by Phil for Humanity
on 06/16/2009

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