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How to Stop Scabs From Bleeding

By Todd Bowerman ; Updated July 27, 2017

Your body is naturally inclined to protect itself from dangerous infections. When you fall and scrape your knee or your elbow, blood from the injury dries and becomes a scab. This scab protects the wound from infection, but can also be itchy and annoying. If you pick at your scab, you are interfering with your body’s natural healing process and may find that it begins bleeding again. Stopping the bleeding is relatively simple.

  1. Rinse the wound out with warm water to ensure no bacterial build-up has occurred.

  2. Press a clean cloth over the surface of your scab and apply light pressure.

  3. Hold the cloth in place until the bleeding stops. New blood will form a fresh scab over the wound.

  4. Apply a bandage over the scab to help prevent it from accidentally being knocked off or re-opened. Try your best to avoid picking at the scab.

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