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anticoagulants

I understand many are fearful of anticoagulants as they frequently come up for discussion. Many have stated that bleeding risks are not a worry. Of course we should be careful to avoid injury, falling down, etc. Other precautions can be used like a medical emergency bracelet in case of a serious care accident .

One can also purchase special products that help a wound stop bleeding. Curad Bloodstop, Wound Seal and Bloodstop hemostatic gauze. I purchased these through Amazon. Another product I have info on but have not purchased is called Allaquix..More info at AllaQuiz.com. Available at Amazon as well.

I will add I have yet to use any of these products even after cutting my finger with gardening shears.

What I do find is all wounds, injuries that bleed take much longer to scab and heal. I found a great product, Brave Soldier, a great antibiotic ointment used by triathalon trainers. Look i up at Amazon. It heals all quickly. It can be purchased at (you guessed) Amazon! I have no affiliation with Amazon other than buying too much stuff from the company!

Hope this helps someone!

Judy

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There is also a seaweed based product I can't remember the name of which worked very well years ago when I snipped the very tip of my finger off whilst chopping mint! Stupid Boy!

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There are a couple BobD one is kaltostat. Can't remember the other. They are good because they dissolve and it's not necessary to remove completely and risk disturbing clots.The generic term is alginate dressings

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Boots stock Savlon alginate dressings. These are smaller than most and so cost less per unit which is useful for small cuts.

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Hi Judy :-) thank you for that, I must go and look on Amazon.

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Thanks Judy - some useful advice. Since I started taking anticoagulants I'm much more careful when using knives, so at least one good point about them, lol.

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Since starting to take Rivaroxaban, I have changed all of my sharp knives to ones with solid plastic covers for when they are not in use, so I don't cut myself when getting a knife out of the drawer! I used to cut myself frequently before taking the anticoagulants!! I really don't know why it took me so long to do something about it!

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I'm buying prepared butternut squash and swedes now because I find they need quite a chunky knife but it's as much to do with the inconvenience of having a cut on the hand or severed tendon as the anticoagulant.

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I changed my job that had me working with sharp knives. Love my new position. The stress is less too.

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Thank you all, very useful tips to know.

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Hi Judy - thanks for these helpful suggestions. However my concern with anticoagulants is not external, but internal bleeding events as these are the listed most common side effects.

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I cut my hand this morning on a metal grid while wiping down the back of the deep freeze and was all prepared to faint :-0 but the bleeding was minimal and stopped in moments .

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I am extremely concerned about bruising. All of those suggestions for would care is wonderful information but I get bleeds from bruising and I also have severe balance issues so my "bruise risk" and bleeding from internal reasons or injury are more problematic for me.

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