Diabetic Wound Care Treatments By Lexington Podiatry
As a foot and ankle specialist and also a 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.
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