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Sterilization - November 22nd 2013, 12:37 AM

Can you sterilize a blade with rubbing alcohol? I'm really sorry if this is pushing it and I understand if you can't tell me.


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Re: Sterilization - November 22nd 2013, 01:02 AM

I think it will be fine as long as you dry it off after, and it's definitely better than not cleaning it at all.

I'm not going to encourage you to self harm, though, because we definitely can't promote that, but it's important to keep everything clean. Remember to practice good care of the injuries as well.

As I said, I am not encouraging it in any way. Are you sure there is nothing you can do, even if it is just writing an email to your friend, to put off self harming and maybe lessen the urge?


   
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Re: Sterilization - November 22nd 2013, 01:19 AM

Yes it does sterilize it BUT you should really try the alternatives on here. They are wonderful


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Re: Sterilization - November 22nd 2013, 05:05 AM

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I think it will be fine as long as you dry it off after, and it's definitely better than not cleaning it at all.

I'm not going to encourage you to self harm, though, because we definitely can't promote that, but it's important to keep everything clean. Remember to practice good care of the injuries as well.

As I said, I am not encouraging it in any way. Are you sure there is nothing you can do, even if it is just writing an email to your friend, to put off self harming and maybe lessen the urge?
Okay thank you. I usually don't clean the cuts afterwords if they get infected I can just get antibiotics to take care of them. I probably should take better care of them though. I have neosporin spray that i did start to use for awhile. I might just have to find that and start using it again.

Oh there is no specific reason on why I want to cut besides the fact that I found a hand held pencil sharpener in my room and I know I can take it apart and use it and I haven't used a blade since I cut the word FAT into my leg almost a year ago. Plus my friend is back from Spain today since it is the 21st so I can text her but I just don't want to bug her. Does any of this make sense?

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You haven't read my other post but the alternative thread doesn't work I have an obsessive personality and once I get something in my mind it's really hard to get rid of. I've tried different things for three hours and none of it worked and I ended up cutting. But thanks for the advise.


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Re: Sterilization - November 22nd 2013, 05:35 PM

You can wash it with soap or steralize it with rubbing alcohol. Fpr infection and blood poisoning reason it's important to keep everything clean. If it is a fresh open wound yuo may want to bandage it with anti-biotic cream(especially if it is a scratch) for a day or two and then let it breathe so it can scab up. If the cut is really deep, like to the point that you can see fatty tissue I advise you to either go get butterfly stitches and watch it like a hawk so that it doesn't get infected or go to the hospital.
While I do not encourage you to self-harm, It is better that you know how to to it in the safest way possible rather than hurt yourself more by getting infections.
And I think it's a great idea to text your friend! I know how it feels like to not want to bother others with your problems(that is my freaking life)but it is necissary that you get the support you need. As for the pencil sharpener, do you think you can discard it? Or if not put it in a place where it would be hard for you to get to it on a whim. That may help you and, as the others have said, there are some alternatives on this websight that may help you.
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Re: Sterilization - December 6th 2013, 04:22 AM

Hi there, Frankie!

I imagine it does help a lot since alcohol kills bacteria. I think it's also a good idea to keep a bandage on it as well to make sure it stays clean. I'm not promoting self-harm though, can I make a suggestion? When you get a urge, just try your best to resist. Even if you give in to a urge after that, you can be proud of yourself for resisting just one. Hopefully it'll make you feel happier and be less likely to cut. I know it must be hard, so I won't push you. Just reminding you that when you're ready to try, you can do it.

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Re: Sterilization - December 6th 2013, 07:33 PM

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Hi there, Frankie!

I imagine it does help a lot since alcohol kills bacteria. I think it's also a good idea to keep a bandage on it as well to make sure it stays clean. I'm not promoting self-harm though, can I make a suggestion? When you get a urge, just try your best to resist. Even if you give in to a urge after that, you can be proud of yourself for resisting just one. Hopefully it'll make you feel happier and be less likely to cut. I know it must be hard, so I won't push you. Just reminding you that when you're ready to try, you can do it.
Oh I know I can quit cutting I quit for over 4 years so there is no doubt in my mind that i can do it.


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