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August 22, 2017  
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Question:
I recently fell rollerblading and injured the back of my leg,commonly known as road-rash. It has been 1wk. already. The wound is an oval 6"X 4" and resembles a burn more that a scrape.The outside part of the wound that is mildly scraped is healing nicely, it's the inside of the wound that's taking longer. I'm cleaning it with anti-bacterial soap and peroxide 2-3 times daily. I let it air for an hour or so, but then I have to at least cover it in neosporin or it starts to dry to much and hurts way more than I like to admit. I find that it feels the best if I put neosporin and a non-stick bandage on it along with a loose wrap (tape allergies). Is there anything beyond what I'm already doing to speed up the process? Would aloe vera help? any advice you can give me would be appreciated. Sincerely, Julie

Dr. Swanson
Terry Swanson Terry Swanson is a Wound Management Consultant at South West Healthcare, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia. Terry completed her nursing in Springfield, Illinois and was a Neurosurgical nurse before immigrating to Australia in 1988. She developed an interest in perioperative nursing and wound management in the early 90’s. Terry completed her post-graduate education in 1996 and was appointed as a wound management consultant in 1997 at South West Healthcare. She manages a nurse-led regional and outpatient wound management service. Terry was a successful candidate for the Nurse Practitioner Victorian Project in 1999/2000 and will be seeking endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner (Wound Management) in 2001. Terry is active professionally by participating on various state and national committees. She is the Vice President of the Australian Wound Management Association, as well as the immediate past president of the Victorian Wound Management Association.

Terry is currently undertaking study at the University of South Australia, completing a Masters level advanced pharmacology course. Her professional interests include education, mentoring, lecturing, and advocating for nursing and patient's rights.



Answer:
Dear Julie, The reason that it feels better when ointment and a dressing is applied is that you are protecting the wound with a dressing and the viscosity of the ointment is providing some moisture, which decreases pain. There is no need to keep washing with anti-bacterial soap and peroxide as this could dry out the wound and actually slow the healing process. Even with your allergies you could investigate more modern dressings that only need to be changed once a week and still allow you to shower. Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist should be able to help you make an appropriate dressing choice based on the type of wound, condition of the wound and your sensitivities to adhesives. Terry Swanson RN WMC

   
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