How do I clean my wound?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
Open wounds may require wet to dry dressing changes with sterile normal saline, hydrogen peroxide or other antibacterial solutions. Your surgeon may need to debride necrotic tissue edges to create a bed of granulation tissue before the wound edges will come together (secondary wound healing). Burn wounds may require silvadene cream twice a day or sulfamylon. Talk to your doctor especially with symptoms of fever, redness, swelling or increased pain.

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