No matter how careful you are shaving the legs, some accidents might still be possible. This might end up in small cuts and scrapes or even deeper cuts which split your leg skin. It is common that the injuries are initiated with bleeding, because of the trauma which tears the skin tissues. Normally, this bleeding stops eventually within 15 to 20 minutes. However, some people experience continuous bleeding after having a leg cut while shaving. In fact, you have to be cautious of those normal and abnormal bleeding which occurs after injuries to seek for suitable treatment.
Why do cuts bleed?
Cuts and scrapes are common types of injuries. Some injuries can cause minor cuts, while some others might lead to more serious wound. Most of the cuts, even the minor ones commonly bleed initially. This happens because when you cut yourself, your body reacts by pumping the blood into the injured area. This is how your body respond to heal the wound. Bleeding is a part of healing since it cleans the injury by sealing up the opening and removing dirt which may cause infection. The amount of blood you bleed depends on how deep the cut is and its location. For instance, when you have your finger cut, you break the skin and some capillaries beneath the skin surface. If you are hurting only the tiny blood vessels, your bleeding should stop immediately without any specific treatment. However, your body consists of numerous blood vessels, some of which are huge and contains a large amount of blood. When you cut this kind of blood vessels, artery beneath your throat, for instance, you may spurt some blood and this bleeding may not stop for a quite long period. Accidentally cutting the skin of your leg while shaving is quite common and may affect either tiny or bigger blood vessels.
How to stop a shaving cut on legs from bleeding?
A shaving cut might be minor and does not need any special treatment. However, you might nick the skin accidentally and break the capillaries beneath it which leads to a more serious bleeding. Either condition still needs attention to prevent further infection. You might consider some things when accidentally got a cut on legs while shaving in order to stop the bleeding and give the wound a further treatment.
- Put the cut under running cold water.
This method is based on the idea that when you cut your ski while shaving, tiny blood vessels might be stroke. As the result, you experience bleeding in various levels. For minor cuts, putting the wound under running water can stop the bleeding almost immediately. Some bigger cuts might need more time and further treatment. Running cold water will constrict the blood vessels, so that the bleeding is inhibited.
- Apply some petroleum jelly onto the cut. Petroleum jelly or Vaseline can help stopping bleeding resulted from shaving cut. Vaseline will block off the blood flow and give it time to clot. Plain lip balm can also help if you don’t have any plain Vaseline.
- Putting pressure onto the cut. You can actually put a direct, steady pressure onto the wound with either towel or paper tissue. This will let the blood to come out to cleanse the wound before giving it time to clot.
- Dab damp tea bag onto the cut. Tea bag is a source of antioxidants which will help stopping the bleeding and healing the wound faster. Pat a moist tea bag directly onto the wounded leg to inhibit blood flow and eventually stop the bleeding. Moist tea bag also has a shooting effect which will reduce the pain after bleeding stopped.
- Apply some drops of eye drops onto the leg nick to help constricting the blood vessels. Eye drops contains an antihistamine which relieves eye redness by tightening blood vessels in the eye. Thus, it will also be applicable to the nick you got accidentally from shaving.
- Removing any left debris or small objects from the cut can also inhibit and stop the bleeding. When these objects, such as leg hair is removed, your open cut will not be scratched and irritated, so that the cleansing process stops immediately.
- If you are having a severe bleeding on your leg from shaving, elevate the wounded leg to inhibit blood flow onto the affected area. Afterwards, you can cover your leg with sterilized bandage to give it steady pressure which helps stopping the bleeding.