Speaking of wounds, we all must have been injured (not just heart wounds, yes) in our hands, feet, face, or other body parts. Some treat the wound with red medicine, then the wound is left open to dry on its own, and there are also those who immediately cover the wound with tape or even bandaged if the wound is large enough.
Small wounds or large wounds, if not treated or handled properly, may not heal or even worsen because the wound turns into an infection. But actually, what should be done with the wounds we experience? Left open and aerated, or closed bandages?
As reported by Kompas.com, a wound specialist who has been certified by the America Board of Wound Management, Adisaputra Ramadhinara, said that the cause of the injury was worse because of the wrong way of treatment. According to him, people more often think that the wound must be made dry and aerated to heal quickly.
Even though ... "The wound must be left moist. "Moist conditions heal faster, than allowing the wound to dry on its own," said the man whom Adi addressed to Kompas.com some time ago.
Moist conditions can help fibroblast cells form new tissue that covers the wound. Humidity, according to Adi, also reduces the amount of exudate or fluid that comes out of the wound.
"Humidity is very important to support the performance of fibroblasts. So it's not a dry condition, not wet, but damp, "he said.
"Moisture in the wound area can make the wound heal faster and the patient does not need to be amputated (if the wound is very severe)," Adi added.
According to him also, good wound care is to use modern sanitary napkins, such as plaster, which can keep the moisture from the wound. Also, you should not use gauze, because gauze cannot keep the moisture from the wound. In some cases, gauze can even cause more sore sores and can destroy fibroblasts, plus can stick to the wound area, causing old skin to heal.
Steps to deal with injuries
You may still be confused about how good it is to deal with the wounds you experience. As Adisaputra Ramadhinara said earlier, the wound should be closed in order to maintain moisture.
If you do not want an infection of the wound or may cause another injury, you may need to treat a doctor or get a tetanus injection. But the easy way is to clean your wound and cover it with tape or bandage.
Here are some steps suggested by the Red Cross as reported by WebMD.com, when you are injured and you must immediately deal with your first aid kit:
- Stop bleeding by holding it directly on the wound. You can use non-prescription products, such as tape that is on the pharmacy. If you feel the bleeding has stopped, but you are afraid of something happening, you should immediately visit your doctor.
- After the blood stops, immediately clean the injured area with clean water or warm water. The goal is to reduce the chance of infection, abrasions or dirty. Clean the wound for about 5 minutes with water and mild soap. Don't clean it with alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, iodine, or mercurochrome which can harm tissue and slow healing.
- Sew or tape your wound. However, if the wound is large or severe, you should consult a doctor to ask for further instructions.