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Can covering a open and infected wound actually make it worse?

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Dr. Joey Bluhm
General Surgery 17 years experience
Yes: An infected wound should be opened so that the infection can drain to the surface. I recommend covering the wound but changing the dressing frequently (twice a day at least) in order to debris the infection.
Dr. Lauren Romeo
Wound care 19 years experience
Possibly: Wounds should be clean moist and protected. Protected from other bacteria and trauma. The american academy of wound management advises to cover all wounds.
Dr. Spence Misner
Wound Care 44 years experience
Covering the wound to protect it is good be careful about using a totally occlusive dressing on a infected wound
Feb 22, 2013

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