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What should I do if I wet my diabetic foot ulcer bandage in the tub or shower?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Surgery - Vascular
5 doctors agree

In brief: Change Dressing

Most foot ulcer dressings can be taken off before a shower / bath and the wound can be exposed to water / soap.
After the shower / bath, the wound should be re-dressed per the original directions.

In brief: Change Dressing

Most foot ulcer dressings can be taken off before a shower / bath and the wound can be exposed to water / soap.
After the shower / bath, the wound should be re-dressed per the original directions.
Dr. Oliver Aalami
Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Dr. David Gurvis
Podiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Change the dressing

Most diabetic ulcers do not need to be kept dry, but some do - depending on the kind of dressing being used.
. If you have the kind that is kept dry for several days at a time, then call your provider if you get it wet. Otherwise, change your dressing as scheduled.

In brief: Change the dressing

Most diabetic ulcers do not need to be kept dry, but some do - depending on the kind of dressing being used.
. If you have the kind that is kept dry for several days at a time, then call your provider if you get it wet. Otherwise, change your dressing as scheduled.
Dr. David Gurvis
Dr. David Gurvis
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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
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: See your DR.

Do you have a penetrating ulcer on the sole of your foot? Do you have neuropathy? Why must you keep it dry? You may need to get a more sophisticated dr for this.
Ulcers do not need to be kept dry.

In brief: See your DR.

Do you have a penetrating ulcer on the sole of your foot? Do you have neuropathy? Why must you keep it dry? You may need to get a more sophisticated dr for this.
Ulcers do not need to be kept dry.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry

In brief: Remove it.

Remove the bandage, cleanse the wound, and re-apply a sterile bandage.

In brief: Remove it.

Remove the bandage, cleanse the wound, and re-apply a sterile bandage.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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In brief: Diabetic wounds

Diabetic wounds can turn from good to bad at a moments notice.
If you have inadvertently wet your dressing you should remove the dressing and dry the wound and clean it thoroughly and reapply a dry dressing as soon as possible. If you notice redness or pain go to the er or your treating physician immediately. You do not want to have to have to undergo an amputation for a small thing as a dressing.

In brief: Diabetic wounds

Diabetic wounds can turn from good to bad at a moments notice.
If you have inadvertently wet your dressing you should remove the dressing and dry the wound and clean it thoroughly and reapply a dry dressing as soon as possible. If you notice redness or pain go to the er or your treating physician immediately. You do not want to have to have to undergo an amputation for a small thing as a dressing.
Dr. Brandon Hawkins
Dr. Brandon Hawkins
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry

In brief: If it was put

On by your doctor call them and ask them. Is it was a small bandage you may be able to replace on your own, if larger like an inna boot or something they may have to put a new one on for you.
Whatever, you do, don't do nothing, as you don't want the ulcer to get infected or macerated and worsen the wound.

In brief: If it was put

On by your doctor call them and ask them. Is it was a small bandage you may be able to replace on your own, if larger like an inna boot or something they may have to put a new one on for you.
Whatever, you do, don't do nothing, as you don't want the ulcer to get infected or macerated and worsen the wound.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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