Myths and facts about wound care

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Wounds are very common, the misconceptions about wound management are common too! Let’s check some popular beliefs about wound management for their authenticity.

Clean the wound with hydrogen peroxide or alcohol?

False. Using hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol to clean an injury can harm the tissue and delay healing.

You should keep injuries moist?

True. Keeping wounds moist helps wounds heal faster.

Do not cover wounds?

False. Uncovered wounds have high chance of infection.

Should you remove a bandaid slowly?

True. Ripping a bandage off too quickly risks pulling off the scab or reopening the wound. Instead, peel the bandage off slowly and gently. If the bandage feels like it is stuck to the scab, soak it in warm water to soften the scab. To avoid tearing out hair around the wound, pull the bandage gradually in the same direction as hair growth.

Is butter good for burns?

False. Putting butter or ice on a burn doesn’t help and could lead to further damage.

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