It is important to keep your wound clean. If the bandage gets dirty or wet, change it right away. Otherwise change bandage once a day.
- Remove the old bandage
- Gently wash the area with a cotton swap and diluted 50% hydrogen peroxide and water.
- Dry the area completely dabbing around the sutures
- Using a cotton swab, apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment (Neosporin or Bacitracin, etc.)
If you have been told you may shower, remove the bandage and wash the wound until all soap residue disappears. Use a cotton swab to remove any blood or crust that forms.
You may keep the area open to air (not covered by a bandage or gauze) if the suture line is not draining.
Be extra careful if you have a large laceration, animal bite, small puncture wound, or a human bite wound. These types of injuries tend to get infected more often.
Tetanus shots are good for about 5-10 years, provided you have had all of your childhood immunizations.
If the wound does bleed while you are cleaning it, cover the wound with a gauze pad or towel, and apply firm pressure for 5 full minutes.
How much time will it take to heal?
The amount of time it will take for your wound to heal will depend on the type of wound and your general health. Most wounds heal within 2 weeks. Healing may take longer if you have diabetes; are a smoker; are taking drugs, such as steroids or chemotherapy; or if you have a weakened immune system.
When to call our office: 801 779-0506
- Call if you have a temperature over 101.
- The wound gets warm, red, swollen, tender or red streaks develop on the skin.
- If creamy liquid starts to drain from wound.
- To make an appointment to have your stitches removed if not dis-solvable.