Moist wound healing, the latest news on healing your skin

January 14, 2012 Featured, Skin Health

The latest health news on skin healing is moist wound healing.  You have a skin wound and whether it be a cut, abrasion, road rash, or simple skin breakdown, there are new ways to help the healing process along.  In the past, we stuck on a Bandaid, waited for a scab to form and when the scab cracked open, waited for the healing process to begin again.
New theories on wound healing, however,  promote healthy skin development by healing from the inside out, therefore reducing scar formation.

moist-wound-healing-tegadermMoist wound healing is the newest process of healing skin wounds.  Why don’t you try the bench mark wound therapy used in hospitals today?  This process is known as moist wound healing. How do you do it?  The following is a step-by-step process of how you can use this new technique:  First, make sure you don’t have a complicated wound that may be infected or is deeper than a simple burn or a bed sore etc.   If so, or you are unsure, seek appropriate medical care and advice from you doctor or emergency department.

1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

2. Make a solution of saline (0.9% sodium chloride)  Or purchase sterile saline solution from a pharmacy. It must be a sterile solution.  Check out web recipes from a reputable source such as your local health unit or community care access site.

3. Bathe the wound in the sterile saline solution.  Make sure it is room temperature.  It should not sting.  This sterile saline solution reduces inflammation, purges the wound of debris and/or any bacteria.
Let it air dry for a few minutes.

4. Apply Tegaderm, a product made by 3M.  It is a breathable yet occlusive dressing.  There are demonstrations on various websites including YouTube on how to apply.  I’ve added the Youtube video here for you to see how it’s done.

5. Allow dressing to stay in place as long as it adheres to the skin unless there is yellowish drainage or obvious infection indicated by such symptoms as yellow drainage or redness.

6. Repeat daily or even twice daily if necessary.

7. Above all, seek physician care if the healing is not going well, or you any questions or worries whatsoever.

The principals behind moist wound healing are:  Moist healing promotes healing of the skin from within, from the dermis to the epidermis layers.  Don’t put anything on a wound that you wouldn’t put in your eye !!!  That means no rubbing alcohol, or soap!!!

Watch the process of moist wound healing in the following video:

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