The realm of chronic wound care is full of myths, old wives’ tales, and well-meaning, but unfortunately untrue, advice. If we take these at face value, we might seriously hinder a wound’s path to recovery.
Here are some of the most common myths about proper wound care that we’ve seen.
Saltwater help wounds heal faster than normal. Unfortunately, a dip in the ocean may do more harm than good when it comes to wound healing. Saltwater isn’t just water and salt, there’s a lot of other bacteria in the water, some of which may cause disease or other infections.
Band aids are breeding grounds for bacteria. You might have heard that leaving a wound exposed will help it heal, and that band aids just create a pocket for bacteria. In reality, band aids do the exact opposite. They help to keep harmful bacteria out of the wound, assisting to avoid the risk of infection. Leaving a wound exposed is like leaving your front door unlocked. Nevertheless, speak to your physician to find out which type of dressing is best for you.
The lack of a scar means better treatment. Wound care is extremely personal, and it’s important to remember that our bodies are all different and wounds will heal in their individual ways. Scars are influenced by several defining factors, such as the location of the injury and the patient’s age and diet.
Alcohol is a good disinfectant for wounds. While rubbing alcohol works well as an antiseptic, it’s useless as a wound disinfectant. Putting alcohol onto already sensitive skin or an open wound can do some real damage. If you’re working with a chronic wound, let your physician recommend an antiseptic that will be right for you and the wound in question.
You only need to seek treatment for larger wounds. At the end of the day, harmful bacteria don’t differentiate between a small wound and a large one. The size of a wound also has no bearing on it becoming a chronic wound, so it’s better to seek treatment as soon as you need it.
The time it takes for a wound to heal doesn’t matter. When dealing with chronic wounds, the progression of the healing process plays a large role. If your wound isn’t progressing through the normal stages of healing in the right amount of time, this is a sure sign that you should seek professional advice.
Scabs over a wound is a good sign. While you may think this could be good, it’s actually the opposite. When a wound is scabbed over, this means that the area is too dry, and new skin cells will struggle to cover and fix the wound in the right way. In the worst case, scabs might even keep harmful bacteria close to sensitive tissue, which could result in an infection.
Tissue removal is the only option available. Luckily, there are plenty of other non-surgical options to aid in chronic wound care. As always, the best wound strategy for you should be created with advice from your physician.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) isn’t effective for chronic wounds. Research has shown that HBOT is highly effective for chronic wound care. By supplying your body with 100% oxygen, wound healing is promoted, blood flow is increased, and inflammation is reduced.
Nutrition doesn’t play a role in chronic wound recovery. Nutrition in chronic wound care plays a vital part in making sure you have enough energy, vitamins, and minerals to help your body fight off infections and promote good tissue growth.
Stay on top of your chronic wounds by seeking professional advice at the earliest opportunity. Contact us at RegenQuest for more information about how HBOT and proper nutrition can help you on your path to chronic wound recovery.