September 15, 2022

4 Steps to Properly Take Care of Wounds in the Home

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Proper wound care is essential for good health. Improper practices can result in slower healing and lead to infections developing in the wound.

This is especially important as we get older and if we’re taking care of an elderly relative. It’s a good idea for everyone to have a basic understanding of how to take care of a wound so you can heal with confidence and cut down on costly visits to the doctor or hospital.

CHC has a four-step process to practice good wound care at home.

  1. Wash Your Hands

Wash your hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap before beginning to treat a wound. Also, be sure to give your hands another good scrub when you are done.

  1. Keep the Wound Clean

Be sure to wash the wound with soap and water before beginning the initial treatment. Hydrogen peroxide can be used, but many times, it isn’t necessary. Keep the wound clean for five days after the initial injury to make sure that it heals correctly to limit the chance of infection.

  1. Change Dressings Regularly

There are two schools of thought on this. Some doctors will prefer that a wound be aired out after a couple of days to speed up healing. However, drying out the surface cells can cause pain and leave it exposed to infection. You can use a thin layer of an antibacterial cream (like Neosporin) and cover the wound with gauze or a bandage.

  1. Foods Can Help Healing

Maintain a healthy diet high in protein, vitamins, and zinc – these can all help in the recovery process.

 

It’s important to note that if you believe a wound is too deep to begin healing, or if there is pain or signs of infection, you should visit your doctor or an urgent care facility to have it examined by a professional.

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