(HealthDay News) — Many minor injuries can be treated at home by following a few guidelines, says the University of California.

But for animal bites, deep cuts or wounds that bleed excessively, you should always see a doctor.

The school mentions these do’s and don’ts of home care for minor wounds:

  • Do irrigate the wound with water, gently wash and pat dry.
  • Do apply petroleum jelly to exposed wounds, then cover with a bandage.
  • Do cleanse the wound daily with soap and water.
  • Don’t forget to apply sunscreen after the wound has healed to control scarring.
  • Don’t apply a topical antibiotic.
  • Don’t douse minor wounds with antiseptics.