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Wound Care Tips to Promote Healing

Proper wound care can help prevent further complications and ensure the wound heals effectively.

When it comes to wound care, it is important to take the necessary steps to ensure that the wound heals properly and quickly. Wounds can range from minor cuts and scrapes to more serious pressure sores or diabetic ulcers, and each type of wound requires its own unique treatment plan. We recommend not removing casts, splints, or other surgical dressings unless otherwise instructed by your physician or medical provider(s). Below are some tips for proper wound care that will help reduce infection and promote healing: 

  • Proper Hand Hygiene: Always wash your hands before you touch the wound or surrounding area. Fingernails can harbor more germs, fungi, and bacteria such as Staph and MRSA.
  • Clean the wound: Remove the old dressing or bandage and rinse wound with water. Start cleaning the wound and surrounding skin with mild soap and water. Be sure to use a gentle cleanser that won’t irritate the wound and lukewarm water to avoid further irritating the wound.Note: if the wound is sensitive to touch you can rinse under tap water for 5-10 minutes. Make sure NOT to dry the wound; you can dry the skin around the wound but not the wound site.
  • Keep the wound moist: After cleaning the wound apply FloraSeptic Antimicrobial Hydrogel. FloraSeptic can be applied directly to the wound. Applying FloraSeptic daily will maintain a moist wound environment and promote wound healing. All of these are essential components for the successful recovery and healing of wounds. Read additional FAQ about FloraSeptic and the results of antimicrobial tests against standard and highly virulent strains of bacteria.
  • Cover the wound: Applying a bandage or covering to the wound can help protect it from further infection. Choose a bandage that is appropriate for the size and shape of the wound, and make sure to change the bandage at least once a day or as needed. Follow the above steps daily and each time you change the bandage or wound dressing to help reduce the risk of infection.
  • Avoid picking at the wound: Picking at the scab or wound can cause further irritation, infection, and delay healing.
  • Monitor the wound: Keep an eye on the wound to make sure it is healing properly. If the wound is not healing or there is any sign of infection, it is important to seek medical attention immediately.
    • Signs of infection include:
      • Green, yellow, or cloudy fluid draining from the wound.
      • Noticeable swelling of the wound.
      • Heat or hot skin coming from the wound.
      • Redness and streaks on the skin around the wound.
      • Unpleasant odor coming from the wound.
    • Causes of infection:
      • Improper treatment or care of the wound.
      • Exposing the wound to highly contagious bacterial infections:
        • Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
        • Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus (VRE)
        • Group B Streptococcus (B-Strep)
        • Escherichia coli (E. Coli)

Wound care is a critical aspect of health care that is often overlooked. Following these tips can help guide the wound toward proper and quick healing. It is important to seek medical attention if the wound is not healing or if there is any sign of infection.