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How to Get Rid of Scratches Fast

By Todd Bowerman ; Updated July 27, 2017

A scratch on your skin is a minor injury that will naturally heal in a few days. If you have a nasty scratch on your head or neck and want to get rid of it before an upcoming social event, you can apply a number of tactics to help your body with the healing process. Proper scratch maintenance can hasten healing and make the affected area less sensitive and more attractive.

Hold a clean cloth over the scratch until the bleeding stops. Most scratches will stop bleeding in a few minutes.

Wash the wound thoroughly but gently with warm water and antibacterial soap. This helps prevent infection.

Remove any debris or dirt you can see in the wound by rubbing it with a wet washcloth.

Apply antibacterial ointment to the wound to help your body battle possible infections.

Cover the scratch with a bandage if it is on an area of your body that frequently gets dirty, like your hands. If it is on your face or another area that stays clean, you can leave it exposed.

Replace your bandage each day or whenever it gets dirty, and rinse the wound each time. Re-apply antibacterial ointment as well. If you take care of your scratch, it should heal more rapidly.

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