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How bad is it to wet diabetic foot ulcer bandage in the tub or shower?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Surgery - Vascular
5 doctors agree

In brief: Not bad

If you have an ulcer it is quite alright and recommended to let the ulcer get wet in the shower as long as it is dried and properly dressed after the shower. This will help keep the wound clean.

In brief: Not bad

If you have an ulcer it is quite alright and recommended to let the ulcer get wet in the shower as long as it is dried and properly dressed after the shower. This will help keep the wound clean.
Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Dr. Linda Harris
While cleansing an ulcer is generally acceptable, the ulcer should not be soaked, as in a bath, unless recommended by your physician.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care
2 doctors agree

In brief: Wet bandages

Wet bandages are not good for healing as they increase the moisture on the skin and surround tissue around the wound.
This causes maceration. Think of a brick wall: the moisture destroys the mortar inbetween the bricks making the cells [the skin] unstable. Remove and seek gudiance from the group who are follwoing your wounds.

In brief: Wet bandages

Wet bandages are not good for healing as they increase the moisture on the skin and surround tissue around the wound.
This causes maceration. Think of a brick wall: the moisture destroys the mortar inbetween the bricks making the cells [the skin] unstable. Remove and seek gudiance from the group who are follwoing your wounds.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Follow Recs

The dressing of a foot ulcer and the ulcer of any type (diabetic, venous, arterial) should not be allowed to get wet in the bath.
You should call your wound care provider's and request their instruction.

In brief: Follow Recs

The dressing of a foot ulcer and the ulcer of any type (diabetic, venous, arterial) should not be allowed to get wet in the bath.
You should call your wound care provider's and request their instruction.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Keep it dry.

You never want a wet bandage to remain on a wound--it can cause skin breakdown or allow infection, and can make the wound bigger. If the dressing gets wet, it needs to be changed, especially if using a prescription cream or wound care product.
Best thing to do is make sure it doesn't get wet in the first place!

In brief: Keep it dry.

You never want a wet bandage to remain on a wound--it can cause skin breakdown or allow infection, and can make the wound bigger. If the dressing gets wet, it needs to be changed, especially if using a prescription cream or wound care product.
Best thing to do is make sure it doesn't get wet in the first place!
Dr. Libby Putnam
Dr. Libby Putnam
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry

In brief: Not good

You may get the wound contaminated and infected.

In brief: Not good

You may get the wound contaminated and infected.
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional

In brief: May not be good

Notify your doctor to see if bandage needs to be changed.
You don't want to increase the chance of infection.

In brief: May not be good

Notify your doctor to see if bandage needs to be changed.
You don't want to increase the chance of infection.
Dr. Michael Korona
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