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Band-Aid Or Air - How Do Wounds Heal Best?

Do wounds heal better with plasters?

Whether scratches, abrasions or cuts - when it comes to proper wound healing, opinions often differ. Some advocate plasters and bandages, others swear by letting the wound heal in the air. But which method is really the best and how do the fewest scars remain after the wound has healed?

According to many experts, it has long been assumed that uncovered wounds dry out and thus lose the moisture necessary for healing. Nowadays, however, it will more differentiated considered, even if experts still do not fully agree which wound treatment is actually the best. Still, recent studies show that at least smaller wounds heal better in the open air. However, this only refers to minor abrasions or scratches on the upper layer of the skin.

Large wounds must be bandaged

A Plaster or even bandage is, however, for larger wounds popular and also when the injured person is doing work in which they come into contact with a lot of dirt and germs. A plaster makes it harder for bacteria and viruses to get into the wound. Experts also advise certain Immediate action to take care of a fresh wound. Especially with prospecting - at least in Germany - something can be done Tap water for rinsing be used. But also that own spit helps to cleanse. On the other hand, disinfection of the wound with special ones is optimal Wound sprayswhich are now available not only in pharmacies, but also in drugstores.

When do scars form?

Whether or not scars form after the wound has healed depends primarily on the patient Strength of skin damage from. Superficial abrasions that only affect the top layer of skin usually heal without any visible traces. Deeper injuries however, are usually associated with scarring. But also genetic factors can play a role here.

Nevertheless, unsightly scars do not necessarily have to be found even with deeper injuries. Who on a couple regulate respect, can at least do something take action against scarring. With sutured wounds in particular, it is important that the patient remains patient and avoids excessive pulling on the wound for a long period of time, which means, above all, the renunciation of extreme physical exercise. Experts even recommend here to refrain from exercising for about 3 weeks. Furthermore, it is important to have fresh scars to protect from the sun, as UV rays can cause pigment shifts. Treatment with special scar creams can also help to reduce visible marks.

More information and tips can be found here: Remove scars

Itchy wounds: don't scratch!

So, as it turns out here, the best method of wound healing depends heavily on the injury itself. By the way: The well-known statement: "If the wound is itchy, it will heal" it's right. Because as soon as the body's own "repair material" collects around the wound, this triggers itching. But Attention: Scratching up fresh scabs should be avoided, as otherwise bacteria or other germs can get into the wound again.

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