Frequently Asked Questions on Wound Management

Should I be concerned if an area on my skin shows change in color?
In many cases the change is usually harmless and can be ignored. But, if there is a redness on your skin then you should be concerned. You must keep an eye on this change and monitor it daily. Redness might require you to pay a visit to your doctor immediately.
Is there any problem if my wound gets wet in the shower?
Wetting your wound is a matter of concern when you have exposed bones, staples or stitches. And if you have been told to keep it dry by your doctor in that case, it is advisable to cover your wound when taking a shower. You can use a plastic bag to keep it dry while you shower.
What role does diabetes play in wound healing?
The blood sugar has to be kept low when a wound is in the healing process. High levels of blood sugar can slow down or prevent the healing of wound. Your doctor can help you keep it in check.
What is recommended - keeping the wound exposed or covered?
Keeping the wound covered helps in its healing faster. That is why a doctor covers the wound with a dressing. The dressing provides the right balance of moisture required for healing and enables the good bacteria to function and thus, disallow infection. The healing cells are also able to cover the wound with new smooth tissue faster. Covering a wound also reduces the chance of scarring. This is because it helps prevent scabbing. The earlier belief was to let a wound be exposed to the air and allow a scab to form. But this scab actually slows the healing process. And on falling off, it leaves a visible mark.
What is the significance of the terms 'antimicrobial' and 'antibacterial’ with regard to wound care?
Antimicrobial refers to properties of an agent that has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. Antibacterial refers to properties of an agent that destroys bacteria or suppresses their growth or ability to reproduce. Both these properties are important when caring for a wound.
How does one differentiate between an antiseptic and an antibiotic?
An antiseptic solution helps clean wounds, getting rid of germs and dirt. And an antibiotic is what provides protection to a wound from developing infections. It offers an optimal healing environment.
What are the chances of a burn injury leaving behind a scar?
All burn injuries, except first degree burns, leave behind some kind of a scar.
How are scars caused?
Changes in the skin lead to scars. For example, after a burn the skin loses part of its structure and this loss is replaced by scar tissue. All this - the thinness, the irregularity and the scar tissue - form the scar.