How to alleviate red, inflamed and painful wounds?
When a wound becomes red, inflamed, and feel feverish or painful, patients or caregivers can cool the wound and ease the pain. If these conditions continue along with the appearance of sticky exudate, professional medical advice and treatment should be followed.
What is an exudate and its function in wound recovery?
An exudate is a fluid emitted to heal a wound. The fluid is composed of growth factors and immune cells, and is regarded as the best anti-inflammatory drug for wounds.
What is the moist wound healing?
Studies have shown that an exudate and a moist environment where cells can easily migrate are helpful for wound healing and scar prevention. A hydrocolloid dressing is an application of moist wound healing. It can absorb excessive exudate and keeps the wound site moist. Furthermore, it can reduce pain due to changing of dressings.
How to use hydrocolloid dressings?
A hydrocolloid dressing is suitable for shallow, non-infection, light-medium exudative wounds such as those from surgeries, first-degree burns, cuts, acne, and mosquito bites, to name a few. After cleaning the wound with normal saline, the hydrocolloid dressing can be applied over the wound bed to alleviate pain, accelerate healing, and prevent scar formation. Note that hydrocolloid dressings can only be used on clean wounds.
Why is hydration important to prevent scars from forming?
Dry wounds are inclined to generate scars. In particular, when newly generated skin is dehydrated, it tends to make collagen over production to form scars. Hydrated scar products can effectively control scar proliferation and lighten scars.
How to take care of C-section scars?
Silicone-based scar care products can be used for at least 3 months after a wound heals. In addition to using the appropriate products and massage to soften the scar tissue, UV protection and avoiding wearing tight clothing are essential to flatten scars.