Why should a wound be protected?
Keeping a wound safely protected is very important for the healing process. When exposed, the wound is left defenseless against various elements that can cause infection, swelling or other complications.
MAXIMUM WOUND PROTECTION – MINIMAL SCARRING
Bacteria, for example, can easily enter the body through an open, unprotected wound and cause infection. By migrating deep under the surface of the skin, severe, hard-to-treat infection can slow the healing process, spread and cause other unwanted complications. Water is likewise a threat to wound healing. For example, water may be contaminated with bacteria or contain harmful elements such as chlorine, which can significantly increase the risk of infection and delay wound healing. In addition, contact with water will swell the skin, causing wound closure. In this case, bacteria and germs can easily enter the wound, creating an even greater risk of infection.
Proper protection is key. Depending on the type, size and location of the wound, you’ll need a plaster tailored to your particular healing needs to ensure that the wound is properly protected against external influences and the risk of infection. Once you have found the plaster that’s most appropriate for your wound, follow these recommendations to apply proper care.
What does proper wound care look like?
Always wash your hands carefully with soap and water before handling any wound.
The most important thing for a wound is rest. Abrasion and friction on wounds should be avoided.
The expert says:
Interview with Carsten Hartkopf,
Research & Development, Beiersdorf AG
“The main objective of wound healing is that the affected skin area heals quickly and properly, without further complications from external factors. This is the only way to insure the best protection against infection—and infection is threat number one when it comes to wound healing.
COMPLETE 24-HOUR WOUND PROTECTION?
Water and moisture create swelling of the skin. This can allow the surface area of the wound to be susceptible to bacteria and germs, leading to an increased risk of infection.“
DO PLASTERS SUPPORT WOUND HEALING?“Plasters provide wound healing support from the moment of injury through the end of the wound healing process. They protect skin tissue from external influences, such as pressure, water, contamination and infection.“
WHICH PLASTER FOR WHICH USE?“Whether it be scrapes or cuts—there’s a plaster that’s right for each situation. Special water resistant products don’t just guard against moisture, they’re also breathable and thin and thus flexible enough to adapt to the skin’s movements. Because the plasters are designed to flex, they should be applied without creasing or excessive tension.“
OVER WHAT PERIOD OF TIME CAN A PLASTER BE WORN?“From the beginning, until the wound is fully healed. The plaster should be changed daily, to check the healing process and to allow monitoring for inflammation and/or other abnormalities, as well as for hygienic reasons. Modern, waterproof plasters allow for breathability and are especially skin friendly. Certain innovative plasters, however, such as Elastoplast’s Fast Healing featuring the moist healing principle, should be worn for several days to provide the optimal healing process.“
Elastoplast products that protect against water
The Elastoplast Aqua Protect Strips provide ideal protection while washing, showering, bathing and swimming. They are 100% waterproof, stay attached to the skin provide protection and cushion with a non-stick woundpad. For keeping a larger area covered with a waterproof plaster, try Elastoplast Aqua Protect XXL Antibacterial Plaster. To protect smaller wounds on your hands and fingers, there’s the Elastoplast Aqua Protect Hand Pack.
How to prevent scars and help wounds heal better
It is most important that a wound remains consistently protected. Only in this way can infection and the risk of complications be minimized.
Another important factor is rest, which includes not touching the scab (let alone removing it) as well as avoiding friction and pressure from clothing or other outside factors.
UV rays and sunlight exposure should be avoided during all phases of wound healing, as exposure to sun can lead to red, visible scars and skin discolouration.
What else can you do?
To prevent wounds in the first place, consider wearing rubber gloves during washing to guard against cuts.
Be careful about overusing disposable razors while shaving. After the blades begin to dull, it’s natural to automatically apply more pressure, which increases the risk of cuts.
When working with sharp objects such as knives, scissors or saws, approach your task in a calm manner. Working hectically or when overtired increases your risk of injury.
We recommend to contact a medical professional in the following circumstances:
- if the wound is deep and causes major bleeding
- if the wound shows signs of infection such as redness, warmth, pain and swelling
- if there are embedded foreign objects
- in case of an animal or human bite
- if the wound is in the area of the face
- if there is insufficient tetanus vaccination
- and of course any time you have questions or are uncertain
Always see your doctor if the wound is deep, bleeding or shows signs of infection like reddening, swelling or warmth.
Also make sure to seek medical help if you are not able to clean the wound properly.
In case you have diabetes a proper wound care is of special importance. Always discuss any concerns you may have with your doctor and/or podiatrist, even for the care of minor wounds and skin cracks – especially on your feet.
Please note that none of the above given tips or recommendations substitute medical advice. Carefully read the instructions for use given in our products‘ packages. Important: consult a health professional in case of any uncertainity of treating your wound properly.
The information provided through this website should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. It is not a substitute for professional care or advice. If you have or suspect a health problem, you should consult your doctor. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it, because of something you have read on this website.
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