FAQs / Q: Should you wash a cut in lake water or seawater?

A: No.  Neither one is optimal, as there are specific bacteria that are found in fresh water and others that are found in seawater.  Bottled water is a better option, as is betadine which is an iodine-containing solution bought at the drugstore.  Betadine kills bacteria very well and is a great item to have in your first aid kit.  Those with an iodine allergy should not use betadine, however.  Cuts should also be kept covered to help prevent infection.  Applying a small amount of topical antibiotic ointment prior to the bandage helps keep cuts moist, which can also help with healing.

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