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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Wound Care (Definition)

Wound care is steps taken to ensure that a wound heals correctly. Steps may include dressing changes, application of topical antibiotics or ointments, proper offloading, infection control, and professional wound debridement when indicated. See your physician and have them advise you on treatment ...Read more


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Bitten by dog - urgent care? Washed the wounds out with soap & water, applied badnages & antibiotic ointment. Urgent care worthy, do you think?

Bitten by dog - urgent care? Washed the wounds out with soap & water, applied badnages & antibiotic ointment. Urgent care worthy, do you think?

Vaccinations: You will have to make the value call. Urgent care is quick and easy which is usually very helpful. Hopefully wound care instructions, follow up, vaccinations, pain medications, reporting the incident and culture/antibiotics were addressed. ...Read more

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Can you use silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) for stasis ulcers?

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Can you use silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) for stasis ulcers?

It is used: Although silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) is used for venous ulcers, it is rarely ever necessary. Silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) actually increases the risk of infection if you don't change it and reapply it a few times a day. Antibiotic creams and ointments have been shown to have no effect on ulcer healing. The mainstay of treatment for venous ulcers is compression, walking, and treating the underlying reflux that is causing the ulcer. ...Read more

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Can I use a silver nitrate stick to burn off an aphthous ulcer?

Can I use a silver nitrate stick to burn off an aphthous ulcer?

Resolves on its own: Most apthous ulcers resolve on their own. As annoying as they are, it's always best if a problem can be solved by your own body. ...Read more

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Would liquid plumber work for cleaning and cauterizing a puncture wound?

Would liquid plumber work for cleaning and cauterizing a puncture wound?

No, no. no: This is the worst possible thing you can do. If the wound is deep, dirty or significant - would get seen at the er. May need wound care ; possibly a tetanus shot. Sometimes antibiotics may be indicated. ...Read more

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What is a stronger topical antibiotic cream than those used in Neosporin for ulcerative wound care.

What is a stronger topical antibiotic cream than those used in Neosporin for ulcerative wound care.

Wrong question: NO antibiotic is useful for wound care. Neosporin is useless. Studies of surgical wounds comparing antibiotics to vaseline or Aquaphor showed no benefit from bacitracin or neosporin. Use of topical antibiotics caused allergic reactions, impaired wound healing, and promoted emergence of resistant bacteria such as MRSA. Care of a wound is determined by its location and size and cause. ...Read more

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Best antibiotic for wound from rusty nail?

Best antibiotic for wound from rusty nail?

It depends: It depends on the size and depth of the wound. For minor superficial abrasions you may not need any. Some may require an oral antibiotic. For deeper wounds involving the bone you may need IV antibiotics. ...Read more

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What is silver sulfadiazine cream used for?

What is silver sulfadiazine cream used for?

Burns: This is a wonderful antiburn, antibiotic cream that stimulates granulation tissue to heal over burned areas, diabetic ulcers, common scrapes of the skin... ...Read more

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Wound to finger which required 3 stitches (stitches now removed for over a week)have used Bacitracin ointment on wound for 14 days - is this safe?

Wound to finger which required 3 stitches (stitches now removed for over a week)have used Bacitracin ointment on wound for 14 days - is this safe?

No: Bacitracin does not prevent or treat skin infections. It is useless. It is a common sensitizer, causing allergic reactions. Studies comparing it to vaseline or Aquaphor reveal that wounds heal better with vaseline. Same is true for Neosporin and triple antibiotic. ...Read more

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Cut fingertip with mandolin. Covered the wound with gauze. Twelve hours later, a piece of gauze stuck fast to wound. What danger in leaving gauze?

Cut fingertip with mandolin. Covered the wound with gauze. Twelve hours later, a piece of gauze stuck fast to wound. What danger in leaving gauze?

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 your doc and they can apply numbing agents and remove it. IF you have not had a tetanus booster in the last 10 years, get one within 72 hours of cutting yourself. ...Read more

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How do you correctly apply silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) to a burn?

How do you correctly apply silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) to a burn?

Thin coat: Silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) is used to suppress bacterial growth. It only takes a thin application, best applied with a gauze pad.It needs to be washed and re-applied every 8 hours. It is ineffective after 8 hours. ...Read more

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Neosporin for large wounds that formed puss?

Neosporin for large wounds that formed puss?

Infected wounds: You need to have this wound examined before any advice can be given. ...Read more

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Can I apply antiseptic spray to a stitched surgical wound?

Can I apply antiseptic spray to a stitched surgical wound?

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 enough may need additional intervention like drainage, debridement and appropriate antibiotics etc. Speak to your doctor ...Read more

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Could silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) be used for stasis ulcers?

Yes: silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) is used in many types of skin ulcers and burns the silver has an antibiotic effect and can help wounds heal faster stasis ulcers are best treated with pressure dressings if the arterial circulation is not compromised. ...Read more

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Could coloplast sheets for wound care really heal?

Could coloplast sheets for wound care really heal?

Yes: Yes because it can provide for a moist wound environment and protect the wound from desiccation and trauma. ...Read more

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Wounds (Definition)

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