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Health Tip: Should I Bandage a Wound?

Severity, size and location will help determine answer

(HealthDay News) -- Proper wound care can promote healing and ward off infection.

The American Academy of Family Physicians advises:

  • An unbandaged wound typically stays more dry and heals more quickly.
  • Wounds that may become dirty or may be irritated by clothing should be bandaged.
  • Use bandages with an adhesive strip and sterile gauze. Change the bandage daily.
  • Use an occlusive bandage (air-tight and anti-bacterial) for a large wound to help it stay moist and clean.
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