Keeping your first aid kit stocked with a good disinfectant is essential, preventing infection in cuts and grazes so they can heal properly. …read moreSee less
Hydrogen peroxide is a mild disinfectant you can use to clean up minor wounds, killing harmful bacteria before you apply a sterile bandage or dressing.
It can also be used as an antibacterial mouthwash, where it can help to treat gum disease, mouth ulcers, and sore throats.
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How do you treat a burn?
When you suffer a burn, you need to remove any clothing or jewellery near the burnt area of the skin and then cool the burn with cool or lukewarm running water for 20 minutes.
Keep yourself or the person warm, particularly if you’re cooling a large burnt area, to avoid hypothermia.
Cover the burn with cling film without wrapping it around a limb, and take paracetamol or ibuprofen for the pain if necessary.
What should be in a car first aid kit?
Keeping a first aid kit in your car or vehicle is really important in case of an emergency, especially if you spend a lot of time driving.
You should try to keep a full first aid kit in your car, including the essential range of bandages and dressings, creams and medicines, as you never know what you’ll need when the time comes.
What is the cause of a mouth ulcer?
A mouth ulcer is usually nothing to worry about and is typically caused by accidentally biting the inside of your cheek.
It may be caused by other reasons like a viral, bacterial, or fungal infection, or even some medical conditions.
Your mouth ulcer should go away on its own in about 2 weeks, but if there is no improvement after this time, speak to your doctor as an ulcer that doesn’t heal may be a sign of mouth cancer.
What is gingivitis (gum disease)?
Gingivitis, which is also known as gum disease, is a common condition that makes your gums red and swollen.
When you have gingivitis you may find that your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, although some don’t notice any symptoms at all.
The best way to prevent gingivitis is to look after your teeth and gums properly with a daily routine that involves brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash