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What wound dressing should you put on your wound?

Updated: May 15

Knowing what to put on your wound can raise a lot of questions. Especially when everyone you ask has a different opinion on the best wound dressing to use.

Some basic recommendations are

  1. Cleanser: Use a wound cleanser, not an antiseptic, unless you have a raging infection.

  2. 1st product needs to address the wound bed itself. For example, getting rid of dead tissue, filling in the hole or encouraging healthy bright red tissue to grow quicker.

  3. 2nd product likely is your cover dressing. It needs to absorb some drainage and protect the wound from infection. A waterproof absorbent bandage with built-in adhesive is usually a good option to get you the most time between your dressing changes.

Keep it simple. You should expect to see improvement within a few days-weeks starting on a new wound care protocol. Try to choose a cover dressing that absorbs drainage and wicks it away from the healthy tissue. If it's soggy, change it more often or look for another option.

Signs of infection are always a problem and need medical treatment. Get to your surgeon, Primary Care Doctor or Urgent Care for antibiotics if your wound shows signs of increased reddness, pain, drainage, swelling or appears to be getting worse.

Here you can find an updated list of resources Better Wounds has created including downloadable resources, video content, Recommended Product Lists and Home Programs.

Check out the Video link below to learn the basics of what a wound specialist may recommend. Remember this is fairly generalized advice and may not apply to you. The best way to get personalized advice is to get an appointment with a wound specialist. If you do not have a local wound clinic or cannot get in for a few weeks. Grab an appointment for a virtual appointment with a certified wound specialist to make a plan to get your wound healing again.

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