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Is it proper to remove the dead, peeling skin from around a wound? Will this hurt it more or cause infection?

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Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

If it is done very carefully so as not to harm the healthy skin this can actually help reduce your risk of infection because it is easier to clean and control bacteria from healthy skin next to the wound.

In brief: Yes

If it is done very carefully so as not to harm the healthy skin this can actually help reduce your risk of infection because it is easier to clean and control bacteria from healthy skin next to the wound.
Dr. Bret Boyle
Dr. Bret Boyle
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry

In brief: Done by the doc

Wounds often are debrided of all non viable tissues.
Some may apply a topical anesthetic prior to debridement.

In brief: Done by the doc

Wounds often are debrided of all non viable tissues.
Some may apply a topical anesthetic prior to debridement.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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Dr. Tracy Berg
Surgery

In brief: Exfoliate

It is okay to wash your wound and gently exfoliate with a wash cloth.
Okay to use mild soap. Do not use any sharp or cutting techniques. Okay to check in with your doc or wound care center.

In brief: Exfoliate

It is okay to wash your wound and gently exfoliate with a wash cloth.
Okay to use mild soap. Do not use any sharp or cutting techniques. Okay to check in with your doc or wound care center.
Dr. Tracy Berg
Dr. Tracy Berg
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