- Doctor question – Wound healing (gravel rash specifically) – to cover or not?
Hydrocolloid dressing is best or film
Hydrocolloid – granuflex or duoderm, film opsite or tegaderm.
You need to keep it moist and protected – this speeds up healing dramatically and reduces pain and scarring. Should be able to get something of this ilk from a decent sized chemist.
This is proper evidence based practice. if you can’t get to the chemist then vaseline under gauze is better than a dry dressingPosted 6 years agojonbMember
I agree with TJ. I went with the rather crap leave it dry out advice and it took forever to heal, the scab kept cracking and the wound opening again and left me with a nasty scar (which my GF does not dig).Posted 6 years agomightymarmiteMember
+ another one for TJ, the wife who certainly knows what she is doing always covers “mishaps” with tegaderm.
Its semi permeable so lets it breath and heal, but stops you abrading it (scaring) or leaking all over the sheets (and getting slapped by aforementioned wifey).Posted 6 years agomcMember
After removing a substantial amount of skin from my shoulder in france a few years ago, keep it moist!
There’s nothing worse than trying to move a body part which has a big scab that doesn’t want to bend.
The chemist in Morzine supplied some gel covered mesh type stuff, which combined with a normal bandage over the top, worked very well.
The mesh stuff stopped the bandage from sticking, while still soaking up anything that weeped out.
The scab did still dry out a bit, and it was painful to move my shoulder until I’d worked up a bit of sweat to soften the scab, but it was no where near as bad as the day I thought it was heeled enough to not bother keeping it dressed!
And in case anybody wants to see my scabby shoulder, clicky herePosted 6 years agonedrapierSubscriber
I usually use Hydrocolloid dressings for this stuff (less of habit than it used to be!) they are the business. slap on and forget, they fall off when they’re done (5-7 days), and you’ve got shiny new skin underneath.
bit trickier when it’s on an elbow and you get creases to the edge and the glop oozes out anyway.
The “gel covered gauze” is a silicone gauze and is also the business, I was given one when I skinned a finger. It goes under a dry dressing, but doesn’t stick to the wound. when you replace the derssing, you can keep the silicone (don’t know whether it’s better to keep it clean or wash it – TJ?) and put clean dressing over the top.Posted 6 years agotheotherjonvSubscriber
I did mine at Swinley on Saturday, so a sort of slightly gravelly / sandy burn rather than a road rash. I scrubbed it in the bath with tea tree oil Original Source shower gel and a nail brush, cos I’m gnarr! and since then it’s just scabbed over. Are you saying I’ve done the wrong thing? Shall I pick it all off and then cover in vaseline and cling film to see what happens?
Seriously – how soon after the event do you need to get this Tegaderm stuff applied for good effect, I’m guessing day or two after isn’t much cop ‘cos it’ll have scabbed by then?Posted 6 years agoMrs ToastMember
When I came off one Saturday last July and took a chunk off my arm. I left it uncovered for a couple of days, kept it clean (hurt to high hell). On Monday I got told off by the woman in admin – she asked me what I had done, and what they’d said at the hospital. I pointed out it was just a flesh wound and I’d not gone to hospital for such a minor thing, she pointed out it wasn’t supposed to be oozing yellow and sent me to the doctors.
Then the nurse told me off, gave me a tetnus jab, told me off some more, then put me on heavy antibiotics. On the plus side, I still have the scars! \o/Posted 6 years agojohnnersMember
Like Drac says, make sure it’s properly clean. Last time I was in A and E with a V12ed shin the nurse spent a fair bit of time on it with a fine scrubbing brush before stitching then covering the site with what looked like a gauze pad smeared with vaseline.
I thought my wound was already clean, having rinsed it with water from my Camelbak and wiped it with a tissue I found in my pocket – the nurse’s opinion differed somewhat.Posted 6 years agocoffeekingMember
While TJ is indeed correct, I always find my injuries 10x more likely to get infected if I keep them moist and generally I leave them to dry as nature intended. I’m covered in scars, but I’ve always healed cleanly that way (after a good initial clean out with salty water).Posted 6 years ago
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