As a certified wound care physician, I have a special interest helping patients heal a wide variety of wounds, whether simple cuts and scrapes to more complex wounds requiring antibiotics, surgical intervention and/or amputation. Every wound, whether big or small, needs to be taken seriously and requires special care and treatment while the body helps heal itself. As I have treated many wounds over the years, I have seen much confusion with my patients regarding proper care of their wounds.
MYTH #1: Rubbing alcohol and/or hydrogen peroxide are great wound cleansers.
Fact: Rubbing alcohol and Hydrogen Peroxide have shown in several studies to destroy normal tissue and cells that are trying to mend a wound. Repeated use these products can be harmful to the wound-healing process. Simple warm water and mild soap to cleanse the wound is just fine.
MYTH #2: Topical or oral antibiotics should always be used to help heal a wound.
Fact: While there are times when antibiotics may be necessary to help heal a wound, antibiotics should only be used if the wound is infected and should only be used for 7-10 days. Prolonged use of antibiotics may breed bacterial resistance. It is recommended that you see a physician if you think the wound may be infected.
MYTH #3: Let the wound develop a scab because a scab is a good thing.
Fact: Not true! A scab develops when the wound is allowed to dry up. Scabs make it more difficult for new skins cells to protect the wound. A scab can also trap inflammatory tissue and bacteria, which can lead to slower healing process as well as an increased chance for infection.
MYTH #4: Keep the wound open to air and let it dry out.
Fact: Wounds that are left to “dry out” are more prone to experience a more difficult healing process. Wounds heal best in a moist environment. It is also important to know that a wound that is too moist will also have a difficult time healing.
Myth #5: Only large wounds require treatment.
Fact: Don’t ignore your wounds, even if they are very small. Bacteria can still enter through any wound, even one that is the size of a needlepoint. Proper treatment of all wounds, no matter the size, will help prevent infection and help it heal quicker.
If you have wounds that require professional treatment, call our office at 859-264-1411 or make an online appointment. These issues can get worse if they’re not properly treated.