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Wet dressing ok over stitches?

Wet dressing ok over stitches?

Generally no: Keep dressings over healing wounds dry. If the bandage gets wet, change it. You can apply something like neosporin lightly over the wound for added protection. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Wounds (Definition)

Wound = injury to tissue. May include ...Read more


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Small, shallow clean nail puncture, tetanus?

Small, shallow clean nail puncture, tetanus?

If it has been > 10 : Years since your last tetanus shot, or you don't know when it was - then it is time for another shot. Take care. ...Read more

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How to change open wound dressings?

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How to change open wound dressings?

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 more

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Wet dressing over stitches or regular dry bandaid; which is better?

Wet dressing over stitches or regular dry bandaid; which is better?

Ointment: Apply some ointment (does not necessarily need to be antibiotic ointment) and cover. You don't want it to actually be wet with water. ...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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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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What's hydrocolloid dressing, such as duoderm?

What's hydrocolloid dressing, such as duoderm?

Breathable dressing : Direct from the web: a hydrocolloid dressing (trade names include duoderm, granuflex, and 3m tegaderm hydrocolloid) is an opaque dressing. A hydrocolloid dressing is biodegradeable, non breathable and adheres to the skin so no separate taping is needed. ...Read more

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Leg cellulitis.......used bacitracin ointment on gauze pads and wrapped in ace bandage for 3 days with little improvement Starting taking 300 mg cib?

Leg cellulitis.......used bacitracin ointment on gauze pads and wrapped in ace bandage for 3 days with little improvement   Starting taking 300 mg cib?

What is "cib"?: How do you know you have cellulitis? Most diagnoses of leg cellulitis are not correct. Stasis dermatitis is much more common. This is a sad but common error. If you have cellulitis, or any other cause for red & swollen leg, bacitracin is useless. In fact it frequently causes allergic reactions which make it worse. See a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Post surgical wound care, frequency of dressing change?

Post surgical wound care, frequency of dressing change?

Depends: The frequency of wound care depends on the type of surgery, location of wound, size of wound, type of closure, and other information. You should consult your surgeon for their specific instruction . Causes of concern for a wound infection include fevers, pain and redness of area that is worsening, and pus or odor from incision area. ...Read more

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Wound from mole excision is infected. Given Keflex. Best to let wound dry out or keep covered with an antibiotic ointment?

Wound from mole excision is infected. Given Keflex.  Best to let wound dry out or keep covered with an antibiotic ointment?

Either OK: Go with what your health care provider says. They have been most closely associated with your condition. ...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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Open wound pimple with aloe vera?

Open wound pimple with aloe vera?

Use soap and water: It's best to clean and cover with a bandage. The aloe vera may have bacterial contamination in it. ...Read more

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Will using santyl ointment and xeroform dressing together slow down the healing process on a venous stasis ulcer

Will using santyl ointment and xeroform dressing together slow down the healing process on a venous stasis ulcer

Wound care products: Your clinicians have chosen two of 4000+ products to treat your wound. Collagenase is in an ointment base and is an enzyme deb riding agent that is being used in your wound. The xeroform dressing is adherent and helps promote moist healing. Discuss these products with your clinician to learn more on why they were chosen. ...Read more

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Can triple action heal vaginal wound?

Can triple action heal vaginal wound?

Healing: Your body will actually heal the wound. Triple antibiotic will help the healing process and help prevent infection. Vaginal wounds heal well as there is such a good blood supply. If this is just a small tear then this would be fine. If there is a large wound it should be evaluated by your physician. ...Read more