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iVillage.com: Kitchen 911: How to Handle Burns, Cuts and Other Cooking Disasters

You Slice Your Finger

Immediately rinse under cool running water, use mild soap to clean the wound and then apply direct pressure for five minutes. “These types of cuts do tend to bleed a lot,” says Dr. Nicks. What helps? Keep your hand above your heart to decrease blood flow to the area. Apply antibacterial ointment and a bandage. If the cut is more of a "nick, treat it the same the way, though you probably don't need to keep you hand above your heart.

Go to the ER if: The bleeding doesn’t stop after 15 minutes of direct pressure, or if you’ve lost function in your hand or the wound keeps reopening.

(CREDIT: A Gault./Ojo Images/Getty Images)
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