Q Is it better to wear bandaids or let fresh air heal a wound?
A While many of us were schooled in the ‘let it air’ method of wound treatment, researchers have found that a moist, covered environment is best for healing. Young ones, in particular, will benefit from an adhesive dressing as they tend to baulk at the sight of uncovered sores.
Your three-step approach for dealing with a small cut or graze is:
1. Clean the wound by gently washing with soapy water or saline.
2. Pat dry and stop any bleeding by applying pressure with a clean cloth or gauze.
3. Apply a bandaid. Once a crust forms, remove the adhesive dressing and keep it open and dry, although you might want to keep the dressing on if it’s in an area that is prone to scrapes, such as knees and elbows.
An infected wound will not heal so it’s essential to keep it clean. A spray-on product that lets you clean the wound without touching it is a smart choice; Dettol Antiseptic Wound Wash Spray is great. Alternatively, apply an antiseptic cream such as Savlon Antiseptic Cream or Dettol Soothing Antiseptic Cream for added peace of mind.
LIVE WELL RECOMMENDS:
Savlon Antiseptic Cream
Savlon Antiseptic Cream contains effective germ-killing and cleansing agents. Savlon's smooth moisturising cream base allows gentle application onto damaged skin. Savlon Antiseptic Cream is mild, soothing and healing. Always read the label. Use only as directed.
Dettol Antiseptic Wound Wash Spray
Ready-to-use antiseptic solution to wash out and cleanse wounds. Can be used for minor cuts and grazes and insect bites and stings. Always read the label. Use only as directed.
Dettol Soothing Antiseptic Cream
Dettol Soothing Antiseptic Cream is recommended for cuts and abrasions. It contains two powerful antiseptic ingredients in a gentle formulation with almond oil to soothe and moisturise the skin. Always read the label. Use only as directed.