How does a styptic pencil work?
A styptic pencil is an antihemorrhagic agent — simply put, it helps constrict blood vessels so they’ll stop bleeding.
The main ingredient in a styptic pencil is anhydrous aluminum sulfate; an agent that restricts blood flow, allowing a cut to close quickly.
Do you wet a styptic pencil?
To use, simply wet the tip of your styptic pencil with some cold water (yes, it’s necessary to wet the styptic pencil under cold water before applying). Then gently hold the tip of the styptic pencil directly against the wound. Hold for 5 seconds. The wound should stop bleeding nearly instantly.
How do you clean a styptic pencil?
I dip the pencil in running water, hold it to the wound, until it stops, then rinse, towel dry, and then let it air dry the rest of the day.
What is a styptic pencil made of?
A styptic pencil is a medicated stick generally made of powdered crystal from an alum block and a wax binder which is pressed into a handy lipstick size and shape. You use a Styptic Pencil to seal small cuts and nicks, especially those caused during wet shaving.
Can you use styptic pencil your mouth?
No. They’re intended for external use only and will not be effective or safe to use in your mouth. Instead, use gauze or a piece of clean cloth until the bleeding stops. If it’s severe, cover the wound and apply pressure and have someone get you to a doctor, ER or Critical Care center.
How do you stop a small cut?
- Stop Bleeding. Apply direct pressure on the cut or wound with a clean cloth, tissue, or piece of gauze until bleeding stops.
- Clean Cut or Wound. Gently clean with soap and warm water.
- Protect the Wound. Apply antibiotic cream to reduce risk of infection and cover with a sterile bandage.
- When to Call a Doctor.