There are only a few variables which you can not control in wound treatment. These involve your genetic history or pre-existing medical conditions, all of which can have a significant impact on the ability to heal the wound in your body. But there are other factors, including hygiene, that you have some control on. In fact, proper hygiene is involved in a variety of aspects of effective wound care. Here is some valuable insight about the importance of keeping wounds clean and when to call our home GP for cleaning wounds in Sotogrande.
If you or your child gets a cut, scrape or burn, it's important to immediately clean the wound properly to prevent infection. Here is how it can be achieved in five easy steps:
Use soap and water or a hand sanitizer to clean your hands, then put on protective gloves where possible Do this before you open your wound or treat burning, scratching, or rubbing someone else's. Covered and clean hands help to avoid infection.
This step only applies only when the wound bleeds. Skip this step if you have a burn.
Use a sterile gauze or clean cloth to press the wound gently until it stops bleeding. Small cuts and scrapes do not require pressure. When possible raise the affected portion. If blood is oozing through the fabric or gauze, remove the cover on the wound. Place another clean piece on top, and keep applying pressure.
No hydrogen peroxide or iodine products are required to thoroughly clean a simple cut or scrape. Just follow the steps below:
Over-the-counter antibiotics to the skin help keep the skin moist and avoid infection. If you have a slight cut or scrape you don't necessarily need to use them. But adding a thin layer will improve the natural healing process of your body, and reduce scarring. If you have burning blisters that break open, doctors may suggest using a topical antibiotic.
Some individuals are allergic to the ingredients of topical antibiotic. If a rash appears, stop using the ointment or cream.
Not all wounds need to bandage. Clean it, if you have a slight scratch or injury, and leave it alone. Otherwise, after washing, put a clean, sterile, non-stick bandage over the wound to help keep the germs out. Use bandages and tape. Paper tape may be less irritating to sensitive skin. Change the bandage at least once a day or every time it gets wet or dirty.
Be especially cautious to cover any cuts or wounds on places like your hands or feet that appear to get dirty or germy. You may want to bandage any wound, such as a cut on your leg, that might rub on fabric. Always cover up severe wounds.
Call our home GP for cleaning wounds in Sotogrande if you notice any of the following symptoms. They could mean the wound is infected:
If you have a burn, or a skin-breaking cut, check with our doctor if you need a tetanus booster.