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Wound Care

Do I have to protect tanned skin from the sun?

Yes, even tanned skin needs protection against sunburn.

Do you need to keep the area around a burn under cold water or even icy water?

No, very cold or even ice-cold water can make the injury worse. Lukewarm water is sufficient to relieve the pain and stop the burn from spreading.

Does a scab prevent the skin from drying out?

No, scabbed wounds also dry out. This slows down the wound-healing process.

Does a scab protect the wound from external microbes?

No, a dry and hard scab can provide a breeding ground for microbes.

Does a wound always have to be disinfected?

No, according to the current recommendations, it is sufficient to clean non-infected wounds with clean water or/and sterile saline cleanser. Only use antiseptics if the wound is infected.

Does a wound heal faster if you expose it to air?

No, if you expose a wound to the air, the skin dries out and healing is slower.

Exposed to the air, does a wound have to deal with more microbes?

No, in most cases, microbes found on a wound come from the patient himself and not from the outside air.

If a scab appears, does it mean that the wound is healing well?

No, if a scab appears, it means that the wound is poorly hydrated and will need more time to heal.

Is Seawater good for healing wounds?

No, salt has an acid effect and this could cause the wound to become deeper, which prevents healing.

Is Wound fluid bad?

No, the fluid that is naturally present in the wound contributes to healing.

Should I apply hydrogen peroxide/oxygen water to a wound?

No, hydrogen peroxide is neither disinfecting nor antiseptic and is therefore unsuitable for wound treatment.