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Swimming With Open Wound
Wound: The basis of wound care is to determine what caused it in the first place. That should always be the focus. There are over 4000 wound care products on the market and most are sterile when they come out of the package so few would actually harm a wound. Honey has gained popularity but an excellent cochrane review showed that it has no proven benefit compared to other dressings. No single product f. ...Read more
Can knee arthroscopy incisions get wet in shower? Internal sutures, portals covered with steri-strips and adhesive. Need waterproof dressing?
Yes, but...: Bathing is good for an open infected wound to soften & even "debride" necrotic tissue so to facilitate forming granulation tissue for healing. Showering may have similar or even better such effect. But, always dressed the wound to minimize further induction of bacteria to the wound. Hence, applying topical Betadine solution helps keep down potential bugs. More? Ask your doc for specific preference ...Read more
Can you apply triple antibiotic to a shallow wound, with no drainage, then cover with with duoderm ?
No: wound has to breath. If you don't let air exchange you will cause laceration to wound and infection ...Read more
Pionidal disease auto burst open with pus and blood. Doctor dressed it and told to undergo open surgery. Is that necessary? If so, open or close?
Open wound: It shouldn't be a problem as long as you are not actively bleeding. The salt water should actually cleanse the wound and should not pose a problem. ...Read more
Do those thick "advanced healing" bandages work? When put on wound, Air bubble eventually forms over wound. Means wound not touching bandage.
Yes.They can promote: healing.One always has to watch for increasing infection. ...Read more
Clean dressing chang: Wound dressings have to be changed in a clean environment (hands washed with soap and water or disinfectant) If the dressing got stuck to the wound, using sterile water or saline solution can aid in minimizing pain. Once the dressing has been removed the wound has to be cleaned and dressed again. The dressing should be chosen based on the amount of drainage: Absorptive vs moisture donating. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had fistula repair surgery a week ago. Wound was left open to heal, no stitches. Are sitz baths with epsom salt advantageous, promote healing?
Won't help or hurt: Since you are a male who had fistula surgery, I am assuming it was an anal fistula. Using epsom salts in addition to soaking in a warm bathtub has not been proven to help or harm healing. Just getting into the tub for 10 minutes or more at least 3x/day helps relieve pain, keep the area clean, and promote healing. If you think it helps, go ahead and use it! good luck with your healing! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
2 Boiling water burns, 5 days ago,above knee,size of index with thumb,blisters can i use Tegaderm &vaseline gauze and swim safely in pool and sea?
Typically: A wound will heal faster in a protected environment under normal circumstances. The wound bed needs to be clean, non-infected, free from dead tissue, without extreme swelling, with proper moisture and free from repeated trauma. Usually clean daily dressing changes after wound cleaning works best. ...Read more
Eye irritation: Chlorine is an eye irritant. It can create a mild chemical burn on the skin covering the white of the eye (conjunctiva) and the clear window of the eye (cornea). Although it is not dangerous, it is very uncomfortable. If you have sensitive eyes or are at a pool with a high chlorine level, wear swim goggles or a mask. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on situation: The goal of a humidifier is to raise the humidity in a given space. If the humidity outside your home is low, opening the window increases the work the humidifier must do to be effective (as you humidify outside). If the humidity outside is higher, why use the humidifier if you can open the window.There is no specific safety issue requiring an open window during their use. ...Read more
Sliced finger open with scissors. Washed it with soap & water & sprayed some dettol antiseptic wash & covered with plaster. Can it still get infected?
When did you get: them? Although you can get most sutures wet after 48 hours - that does not mean it is ok to keep them immersed. It you still have external stitches in place- swimming in a river might increase chance of infection. it is usually recommend that you avoid swimming until the sutures have been removed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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