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A 26-year-old male asked:

Wounded at center of foot sole and infected.the nurse use iodine cotton to wash the wound without anesthesia .how to relive pain when dressing change?

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Premedicate: When a wound change is performed, certainly it can hurt. The best thing to do, would be to take Tylenol (acetaminophen) 45 minutes before the wound change, or Motrin (ibuprofen) 30 minutes before. If you have other pain meds, you would want to take them BEFORE the wound change -the medicine needs to absorb into your system first. Sometimes some ice first or the 'cold spray' would help immediately.
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