Wound Care Myths
“Wounds need air to heal” is probably something that you have heard your parents or even grandparents say. And, it makes sense. Wounds need oxygen to heal and the air is 21% oxygen. This concept dates back to Hippocrates in 400BC! Back then, they didn’t have many options for wound care other than air for wound healing!
However, in the 21st century, we have much better science, research, and options. Drs. Hess and Kirsner did a study in 2003 that actually demonstrates that moist wounds heal 3-5 times faster than dry wounds! Leaving wounds open to air will dry them out and actually slow healing.
Other myths include hydrogen peroxide: effective for first aid, not daily washings as it kills healthy cells, soaking: increases risk of infection and dries out the wound, and covering the wound in the shower: rinsing the wound in the shower lowers bacteria counts and lowers infection risks.
If you develop a wound on your foot, the best treatment is to shower, cover the wound at all other times with a moist dressing such as an antibiotic ointment and a band-aid, and if the wound doesn’t improve rapidly, call and schedule an appointment with us at Capital Foot and Ankle before a small problem turns into a big problem! We have same-day appointments available. Call 402-483-4485 to schedule an appointment.