Injured tortoise need desperate help

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I’ve noticed that my tortoise has a cut on his face next to his mouth, it’s only just appeared after I gave him food and he’s always using his claws to tear away food so I think he’s caught himself and scratched himself. He’s bleeding a bit on his front paw from where the blood rubbed off from his face, please help it looks like a bad scratch what can I do???
 
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This is what it looks like, it’s not a good picture I’ve had to brighten it because it was dark but didn’t want to move him around and disturb him, as you can see there’s a patch where it looks like there’s blood
 

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It's perfectly fine to treat it (first aid) like you would treat a human with a like kind injury. Clean it and dab on ointment.
 
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What can I put on it that won’t cause him harm? I heard dabbing on some bicarbonate soda powder is good is this true?
 

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Rinse it to get it clean and keep it clean. You may need to put him in a sick tank with paper towel as a floor. If you think it won't get in his mouth, use an antibiotic ointment on it.
 
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I live in the Uk, do you know the name of any antibiotic ointment? Ok thank you, I’ll try anything! Hopefully it heals quickly
 
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Will he be ok? That’s my main question, from anyone who’s seen tortoise injury before I’d like to know if he’ll be ok and if he’s in pain
 

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For something so superficial, aloe vera might be adequate.
In the US, a common antimicrobial OTC ointment is Neosporin.
 

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I won't advocate it because I do not know if it would do any harm...but I am wondering if after cleaning if a liquid bandage like new skin would help since it would seal the wound and prevent infection.
 

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