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Simple wound healing....

Catrin2010-12-12 11:22:06 +0000 #1
Our insurance is really bad this year - so am really resisting going to the doctor for something so simple.

So I have two places on my lower calf - both from chain-ring bites. Basically the first few layers skin was sliced - probably sounds worse than it is. I typically like to leave such wounds open to heal - but they aren't healing and the skin around the wounds are dry. No signs of infection - just no skin growing back over the wound and the scab fell off. Ok, so it had a little help with that but it wasn't much.

IS it better to leave it open at this point? Should I do something different than a band-aid and antibiotic cream? Is this a really silly question? I have pretty much ignored such things over the years, but as it is over two weeks old I am wondering if I should do something different.
Veronica2010-12-12 11:30:36 +0000 #2
"Wounds heal faster and with less scarring if they are kept slightly moist with with an antibiotic ointment or with a dressing that holds in the body's moisture."

p. 39 Backcountry First Aid.

Veronica
tctrek2010-12-12 12:10:36 +0000 #3
Agree - covering it and using an antibiotic helps it to heal from the inside out. I had a great bandage once for a terrible road rash -- it was one that you kept on for 5-7 days and it made a protective bubble around the would that was moist with antibiotic. I took that bandage off after a week and the healing was amazing. I was trying t find the brand online, but can't locate it.
sarahspins2010-12-12 12:38:06 +0000 #4
The band-aid/compeed blister pads work really well for me.. I had a blister on my ankle recently from a new pair of ice skates and after dealing with it for a couple of weeks with no improvement, I finally tried those and it healed within 4 or 5 days.
Jolt2010-12-12 12:19:23 +0000 #5
Yes, moist and covered is the way to go. If a wound gets too dry, it won't heal as well (as you seem to have found out). Maybe you could clean it, apply some Neosporin, and then something like one of those waterproof Nexcare bandaids (if you can find one big enough...otherwise you could use a nonstick pad over the wound, with a Tegaderm over that to keep it in place and protect it).
Dianyla2010-12-12 13:25:33 +0000 #6
Periodic soaks in very warm saline solution can also help.
Catrin2010-12-12 14:18:39 +0000 #7
Thanks - I felt kind of silly about such a basic question but nothing seems to be working...and I don't want to risk infection. I also have diabetes (2), and while it is quite mild I want to be more careful about such things. All of my other bike related bites have healed well - and several were worse.
limewave2010-12-12 13:18:53 +0000 #8
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Originally Posted by Dianyla

Periodic soaks in very warm saline solution can also help.

I agree with this. I can't believe how much faster my wounds heal when I do a salt and baking soda bath.

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