We all get wounds–which heal most of the time without problems. Our bodies are amazing and can heal most wounds under the right conditions.
The ideal conditions are a clean, moist and friendly environment.
- Keeping wounds “clean” does NOT mean using hydrogen peroxide, isopropyl alcohol or an antiseptic spray as these can harm proper wound healing. Saline and mild soap is more ideal. A moist environment is best.
- If there is a scab on the wound, leave the scab alone.
- Antibiotic ointment is okay to use for a short time but if used for a long period of time an allergic reaction could occur. Petroleum jelly helps keep the surface of the wound moist and cover. Then top it with a clean dressing (like gauze) that can absorb the moisture.
Conditions that need to be treated to heal a wound. . .
- Infection. See your doctor
- Swelling. Raise the extremity above the heart, if possible. Use a compression wrap.
Hope this helps.
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