Stay Away From Bacteria
Whenever you have a break or opening in the skin, germs that are found in the environment can easily work their way into your system. At that point, your only hope against infection is the success of your immune system. Therefore, protecting your wound from coming into contact with harmful bacteria is important – and this can be done by avoiding contact with high-risk surfaces and substances.
- Never swim in open bodies of water if you currently have an open wound. This is especially true when it comes to stagnant lakes and streams, which could possibly be contaminated with various types of waste.
- Avoid wearing open-toed shoes like flip flops and sandals. These types of footwear can increase your risk for ulceration and/or infections. Protect your feet with closed-toed shoes.
- Come visit our office if you suspect you have developed an infection.
Keep Bandages Clean and Dry
Hiking, bike riding, running, or simply laying at the beach – you may be planning on doing it all this summer, but these activities will often introduce dirt and moisture to your bandages and potentially contaminate your wound. So you must keep your wound dressings clean and dry at all times.
Here are some tips to follow:
- Wrap the edges of your bandage in a layer of medical tape or sticky gauze.
- Change your bandage as soon as you return home or whenever it becomes damp.
Don’t Let Your Wound Dry Out
Yes, excessive moisture can be a problem when you have a healing wound. However, the same can be said if the surface of your wound dries out too quickly. It could start to heal from the outside in and potentially trap infectious material beneath your skin’s layers.
To avoid this, you should:
- Use advanced wound care products like hydrocolloid dressings as directed.
- Come visit our office for specially-designed ointment formulas and dressings if the products you are using now just don’t seem to be working.
Watch What You Eat
What you put into your body can actually assist in healing acute and chronic wounds. Certain vitamins and minerals often found in fruits and vegetables (as well as other foods) can give your body and immune system the boost it needs to quickly heal damage to your skin and other tissues.
Throughout the summer, try to consume more immune-boosting foods, like: