July 2, 2015
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.