Wounds on the Appalachian Trail

For minor wounds, apply pressure to stop the bleeding, gently clean the wound, removing any foreign material, place antiseptic ointment to prevent infection, cover with sterile gauze dressing, and tape in place. Follow the same procedure for larger wounds, though seek medical help if the wound does not stop bleeding.

For abrasions, clean the wound, removing any foreign material, place antiseptic ointment to prevent infection, cover with sterile gauze dressing, and tape in place.

Your wound may be infected if it is red, painful or secretes pus.

About the Author Steve Burge:
Steve Burge was the original founder of AppalachianTrail.com. He was a teacher for many years before starting a web development firm.
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Published May 20, 2013.