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Hello. after a pilonidal surgery they been cleaning my wound with betadine. now i have been asked to clean it with water in the shower. is it safe?

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Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Yes: Probably the best treatment. Betadine may slow healing in some studies.
Dr. James Lin
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Here are some ...: Congratulate for healing well. It is okay to follow instructions from the treating team as long as the wound is kept open without forming a close space. If wound opening narrows, seek the surgeon so to allow wound healing process taking place from its inside out until the space is completely filled with sterile granulation tissue. Best wishes...

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Last updated May 23, 2015

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