General Wound Care
Wounds should be taken care of immediately after discovery, as even the smallest of wounds can become infected if enough bacteria builds up within the wound. To remove dirt, wound care should begin by first rinsing under running water only. Soap, isopropyl alcohol, or hydrogen peroxide can irritate the injury and should be avoided. To prevent infection, apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover it with a bandage. The bandage should be changed daily. The skin around the wound may be cleaned with soap.
Diabetic Wound Care
Diabetics must be wary of all wounds, regardless of depth or size. Diabetes is a chronic disease where the body cannot properly use glucose the way it normally would. This causes various complications that make wounds difficult to heal. Nerve damage or neuropathy will cause diabetics to have trouble feeling the pain of a blister or cut until the condition has significantly worsened or become infected. A diabetic’s weakened immune system can make even the most minor of wounds easily susceptible to infection. Diabetics are also more prone to developing narrow, clogged arteries, and are therefore more likely to develop wounds.
To prevent further exacerbation, see a TCFA doctor – especially if you have diabetes. Minor skin conditions can become larger problems if not properly inspected. As the wound heals, make sure to avoid applying pressure to the affected area.
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