Wounds are unpredictable. Depending on the patient, wounds can change overnight. Many people have misconceptions when caring for their open wounds. Dr. Hardeep Minhas has a vast amount of experience in treating wounds and helping patients get back to their life.
1. Should I soak the wound? NO. Never soak the wound. There are minimal amounts of wounds that ever need soaking. For instance, an ingrown toenail requires a soak.
2. Characterize the wound? YES. Now what does that mean? Examine the size and depth of the wound. If it is an open wound, it becomes vulnerable to dirt, germs and bacteria. That is why you should visit a doctor or trauma care specialist for treatment.
3. Let it heal on it’s own? NO. Always go see a wound care specialist within 24 hours. Most deep wounds will not heal on their own. Waiting too long will result in infection, hospitalization, or amputation. The Amputee Coalition of America estimates that there are 185,000 new lower extremity amputations each year, just within the United States and an estimated population of 2 million American amputees.
4. Should I use peroxide to clean the wound? NO. Peroxide can cause irritation. Instead, use a diluted soap or just clean tap water.
5. Dress the wound? YES. Keep the wound covered by applying a dressing. This will prevent further bacteria from entering the wound until it can be properly cared for.