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How can one properly clean and dress a scrape-like wound?

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Dr. Kenneth Lee
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Good wound care: Use antibacterial soap and water to gently clean the wound of any debris. Pat the wound dry. Use Bacitracin (if not allergic to penicillin) on the wound and apply dry gauze. Do this until healed. See your physician if there are any questions.
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
Superfast healing: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected.
Dr. Robert Dorsey
Wound care 36 years experience
Local hygiene: Wash the area with soap and water. Apply antibiotic ointment. Cover with a dressing. Do not leave the wound opened to air. Check your tetanus status.

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