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How do I treat a wound?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
Treating a wound depends on the severity, size, and concurrent medical history. In general, small wounds can be cleaned with sterile water and hydrogen peroxide with subsequent antibiotic creams. Wounds with necrotic or dead tissue should undergo wet to dry dressing changes at least twice a day. Once a bed of healthy bleeding tissue has formed, the edges may be debrided surgically and the edges reapproximated by a plastic surgeon. It is very important to never close a wound that is either grossly infected or purulent. Patients may also require commitant oral or intravenous antibiotics for larger infected wounds or cellulitis of surrounding tissue.

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