Wound care 101

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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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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