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how to remove gauze from open wound

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
If it is stuck down: You may need to soak it first.

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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
21 years experience Podiatry
Consult your doctor: There are a variety of wound care products each with specific indications and contraindications. There are various different types of wounds, each req ... Read More
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Dr. Dinh Bui
Dr. Dinh Bui answered
22 years experience Dentistry
Warm salt water: Warm salt solution should dissolve the fibrin clot and allow for gauze removal.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
31 years experience General Surgery
Depends: It will depend on the size and location of your wound. Risk for pain, bleeding and drainage are also factors to consider. Hopefully you have instructi ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Burns
36 years experience Emergency Medicine
Would be: Advisable and if you can do so very cautiously. Dermabond can be puled apart rather easily. Might want to have a physician take a look. If you do s ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
41 years experience Podiatry
Try : Try soaking it in plain warm water until the scab is loose enough to free the stuck gauze. It might start to bleed again, but it shouldn't bleed much ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
If you want: There is no need in a clean uninfected wound , but if it is an infected wound then your doctor will tell you how to manage , simple antiseptic is not ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Pack
Dr. Mark Pack answered
30 years experience General Surgery
Depends: Your wound care depends on the wound, the location, the size. Be more specific. Best to ask you doctor.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience Infectious Disease
See below: Wash it with soap and water. If it bled it would be best to use a sterile bandage for a few days. If only a non bleeding abrasion no bandage would b ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
15 years experience Ophthalmology
Its difficult: When dermabond is stuck in hair it can be difficult to remove. Try putting vinegar, vegetable oil or tea tree oil on it, using cotton balls or swabs. ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience Pediatrics
Warm water: Soak it with warm water to gently remove it.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Sire
53 years experience Dermatology
Usually injections: There are several ways to approach the removal of scar tissue in this area which depends on its location, size and type of scar. Usually injections w ... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Rhoads
37 years experience Family Medicine
Soak and remove: Soak and remove it, or it may get trapped in the wound as the skin heals and cause ongoing irritation. If you cannot remove it easily, go to an UC or ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Isaacson
20 years experience Podiatry
Depends: On the type of wound, location, and patient condition as well as other factors. In general can figure around 10-14 days.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
31 years experience Family Medicine
Vaseline gauze: you can find Vaseline gauze at drug store . Cover wound with that first then the bandage will not stick to gauze
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Tyson
26 years experience Addiction Medicine
Saline: Simple saline wash would be best unless you have access to some wound cleansers, most of which are similar to that anyway, but some have silver or oth ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
35 years experience Wound care
Natural Process: When there is injury to our skin, inflammation occurs which means the area becomes red, warm, tender and with swelling. The swelling occurs under the ... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Fields
60 years experience Family Medicine
Gauze: I would rather you remove it. try a longer period of soaking
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jerome Litt
70 years experience Dermatology
SCAB FROM BLACKHEADS: THERE IS NO QUICK WAY . . . UNLESS YOU WANT A WHOLE BUNCH OF SCARS! WASH 2 or 3 TIMES DAILY AND THE SCABS WILL COME OFF BY THEMSELVES.
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Greer
43 years experience Family Medicine
Wound edge clean: All sorts of wounds?Best keep the edges clean and free of scab.Keep the area free of external detriments of healing, i'd recommend a bandage.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Fritz
32 years experience Internal Medicine
Either OK: Go with what your health care provider says. They have been most closely associated with your condition.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
35 years experience Podiatry
It just needs...: To heal up. I would apply traumeel cream (or ointment) to help promote healing. It is homeopathic and available online or at most whole foods stores ... Read More

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